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Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online ‘a must have for any institution’

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The online version of Routledge's landmark philosophy reference work was a big hit with Paul Gahan, Information & Local Studies Librarian at Swindon Libraries in the UK. Find out what he made of the resource and why it could be of benefit to your philosophy subject library. All the details here.

Over 2,700 articles on everything from Aesthetics and Existentialism to Metaethics and Phenomenology! With its easy, intuitive user environment and special resources for users at all levels, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (REP) Online is a living, regularly-updated online resource suitable for academics, students and general readers worldwide. All new articles and revisions to existing articles are produced by leading academics from a variety of backgrounds.

In June 2012, Paul Gahan, the Information & Local Studies Librarian at Swindon Libraries in the United Kingdom, kindly reviewed REP on behalf of Refer, the Journal of the Information Services Group at CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Paul is himself a philosophy graduate and so was in a good position to offer a well-informed judgment on the resource. We would like to thank Paul for taking the time to offer us his comments.

He writes:

'As a philosophy undergraduate in the mid ‘80s, far more focused on playing rugby & socialising than on my studies, I recall leaning heavily on the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy in the quick reference section of the university library far more than I should have done. That was the Macmillan version, published originally in 1967, so I was interested to see how the online version of the Routledge equivalent, published In hard-copy & on CD-ROM in 1998 & originally launched online in 2001, would compare. I must confess my impressions are almost entirely favourable.'

You can read the rest of Paul's review here. To find out more about Refer, please do so here.

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