Answered By: Chris Williams
Last Updated: May 31, 2017     Views: 109

Start by going to the library's homepage and clicking on the "Databases" tab, then choose "Databases A to Z." A database will give you entries from journals, magazine, newspapers, and other scholarly sources (ex: books). Choose one of the following subjects: "Reference," "Social Sciences," or "General Information." No matter which of these subjects you choose, you will be presented with several choices of databases to conduct your search. A good starting search would be one where you use the keyword solipsism. If this gives you too many results, you can also conduct a more specific search by adding search terms. The way you add search terms when using a library resources is by placing the word AND in capital letters between your keywords. For example, you could search for solipsism AND mind. Other ways to limit your search are to specify a date range, choose only full text results, and to choose only peer-reviewed articles (these are usually found in the "Refine your results" section in most of the databases). You may also be interested in searching for books on your topic. Go to the library website,, and conduct a search in the catalog for solipsism to see if anything is returned. You may also want to conduct a more broad search in the catalog for a term such as philosophy. FYI - the philosophy books are found in the call number range B - BD. If you need additional help do not hesitate to call, email, text, tweet, or chat live with a reference librarian.

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