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Philosophy Graduate Student Orientation: Finding Books

Finding Books at Vanderbilt and Beyond?

Vanderbilt University Library Search

Use the library catalog to search the holdings of ALL 8 Vanderbilt Libraries.   

You can use it to find:

  • Books
  • DVDs & Videos
  • Periodicals
  • Reserve materials
  • and more...

Not finding what you need in Vanderbilt's Library?


WorldCat is a database that allows you to search across library catalogs from all over the US!

Tips for Searching the Library Catalog


  • Use AND to combine terms & narrow your search
    • example: good AND evil

  • Use OR to search for related terms & expand your search
    • example; myth OR folklore

  • Use * to truncate a word & return all possible endings
    • example: philosoph* (will return philosophy, philosopher, philosophical)

Browsing for Books

Another option is to browse the STACKS for books.  The following call # areas might be of interest for Classical Studies.

B Philosophy

 Call numbers 

starting with 

 B can be found on the

5th floor

B 108-708 Ancient Philosophy
B 720-765  Medieval Philosophy
B 770-785 Renaissance Philosophy
B 790-5802 Modern Philosophy
BC Logic
BD Speculative Philosophy
BD 95-131 Metaphysics
BD 143-237 Epistemology. Theory of Knowledge
BD 240-260 Methodology
BD 300-450 Ontology
BD 493-701 Cosmology
BH Aesthetics
BJ Ethics