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WRTG 105/WRTG 105E Man, Machine, and Morality (Otis): Research Guide

Organizing your ideas

Organizing your sources

Whether you're writing a literature review or gathering sources for a research paper, a mind-map or a matrix can help organize your information. A mind map helps you organize the elements of your review using a structure you create yourself. A matrix pre-sets some of the structure by having columns for each article, and rows for the specific elements you're interested in, you can see if you've got opposing arguments, missing data, methods, evidence, etc. Here's an example of a mind map, or you can create your own:     You can download a Microsoft Word Matrix for Literature Review here: 

Looking for introductory essays and articles?

The sources below cover many topics in Philosophy. The Philosophy Compass covers the entire discipline of philosophy and publishes original, peer-reviewed, state-of-the-art surveys of current research. The handbooks and companions are focused collections on particular areas in Philosophy.

Picking your topic IS research!

Researching your topic: Step 1 - Encyclopedia and bibliographies

Getting started on your topic? Begin by checking out these encyclopedia and bibliography databases. They'll provide you with a basic background for your topic, and a list of important papers published on your topic.  This is a great time-saver.

When you have a list of books or articles to search for, you can search from our Articles & Books tab on our homepage:

Researching your topic: Step 2 - Finding Articles and Books on your topic

If you have an article that you like and would like to see who else has cited it since it was published, try Google Scholar - just find your article and then click the "Cited By" link. 

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