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This guide to Library and information resources for philosophy has been compiled by the Academic Support Librarian for the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences.

Library Services Update 2021-22

This Library Services page will be kept up to date with information about access to the library collections, online access to teaching resources and how to get further help.

Psychology & Philosophy Library

Psychology & Philosophy Library

A dedicated library for the School of PPLS at 7 George Square.

Psychology and Philosophy Library interior

Update: 27 September 2021

The PPLS Library will re-open on Tuesday 28 September.

Owing to the nature of library space and the continued need to make it safe for everyone, the library will be running a more restricted service than usual.

  • The PPLS Library will be open from 9.15am to 4.45pm, weekdays only
  • In line with current Scottish Government guidelines please wear face coverings, use our hand sanitising stations, and use cleaning materials provided to clean desk surfaces and computer accessories
  • Study space does not need to be booked in advance but you must check in to the desk by scanning the SeatEd QR code. To do this download the SeatEd@UoE app. This is for  the purposes of the NHS Test and Protect Covid-19 close contact tracing service. When you leave please make sure you check out. Find out more about Study Spaces and download the SeatEd@UoE app here.
  • Books from PPLS Library may be borrowed. Books on the open shelves are standard loan, short loan books are available from the Librarian's office. Please fill out one of borrowing slips and leave it in the secure box provided in the reading room. Your loan will be entered on your library record later. This measure is to help reduce delays and unnecessary close contact between staff and students
  • Please return books to the 'Returned Books' box outside the PPLS library
  • For readers who cannot attend the library in person the University Library offers a Scan & Deliver Service.

Further details are available on the PPLS Librarian's web page OR students can email Karen Fleet (PPLS Librarian) direct at:

Resource Lists

Referencing and Reference Management

Our guide to referencing and reference management includes information on a range of resources resources to help you get your references right and avoid plagiarism.

Referencing and reference management

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Finding Library Resources - DiscoverEd


Use DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more. Sign into your Library account using your University Login to manage your loans and requests.

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Databases for Philosophy

Searchable full-text resources from Oxford University Press

Additional resources

Philosophy Events

Academic Support Librarian

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Ishbel Leggat
Argyle House,
3 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 651 5214

Introduction to literature searching for your dissertation

The link below takes you to of a recording of a live session for students in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS) which looks at developing a search strategy, resources available from the Library to help you search the literature and how to manage your search results. Delivered as part of the Library's Dissertation Festival (March, 2021).