How to Use

Your Homepage
The navigation on the top of the homepage provides a variety of options to access content on the site, including Explore and Browse By functions.
The basic search bar appears below the main navigation for quick and easy searching across the site.
Below the search bar is an image carousel with a link to view an alphabetical list of philosopher entries on Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers. This is followed by six buttons that lead to different topics to help begin your exploration of the site.
Keep scrolling to access the Timeline of Thinkers.

To search, type your search term in the Search bar at the top of each page. Clicking the magnifying glass button or pressing return will take you to the results page.

The search page will list results in most relevant order and can be reordered by title, ascending or descending. The standard results page shows 10 results and can be adjusted to 5 or 20 results. The search results will show the thinker’s name and author(s), with a preview snippet of text that includes the search term with the search term appearing in bold.
Navigate to the desired results by clicking on the item title at the top of each result.
Search results can be refined using the left-hand column by Content Type, Period, Region, School of Thought and Subject.

Advanced Search
To the right of the search bar, click on the Advanced Search button.
Enter your search term in the search bar with the option to refine by Title, Author/Editor/Creator, Summary/Abstract, Category, or Identifier. Enter additional search terms using “Add Field” with search functions of “AND,” “OR,” and “NOT” and the same options listed above.
Further refine results by bibliographic guide or biographical entry.
Use the same search results functions on the search page to refine results further and access results.

Biographical Entry pages
The left-hand side of the page includes taxonomy information. Below Subjects is the Related Content.
Navigate to a specific biographical entry by searching or clicking into an entry through a topic or themed page. Biographical entry pages show the name of the individual, author, DOI, publisher, identifier, and content set that it is a part of.

Bibliographic guide pages
View bibliographic guides by searching ‘Bibliographic guide’ in the search bar.
Bibliographic guide pages include the title, the author, DOI, publisher and identifier. This is followed by the table of contents – click on section title to be brought to the relevant section in the article.
The left-hand side of the page includes taxonomy information. Below Subjects is the Related Content.

Teaching and Learning
Explore By in the top navigation menu provides options of accessing Teaching Guides, Bibliographic Guides, Podcasts and Timeline of Thinkers.
Clicking on Teaching Guides will provide you with some practical notes on diversifying your curriculum.
Thematic bibliographic guides provide an introductory overview of key thinkers to a particular topic.
Podcasts provide in-depth discussion of particular philosophers with academics.
The Timeline of Thinkers leads to a page with an interactive timeline. Use to explore thinkers from 1600 to 2000. Click on the individual decades to see key publications in relation to events in politics, religion, society, the arts and science.

Browse By
Browse By offers options to browse by Subject, School of Thought, Period and Region.
Subject leads to a page with a list of different topics covered on the platform. Click into a topic for a list of entries that relate to that subject.
School of Thought leads to a page with a list of different school of thoughts on the platform. Click into a School of Thought for a list of entries that relate to that School.
Period leads to a page with a list of different periods on the platform. Click into a Period for a list of entries that relate to that Period.
Region leads to a page with a list of different Regions on the platform. Click into a Region for a list of entries that relate to that Region.

Related Content
On each content page, the left-hand column of the page will show Subject information, including Content Type, Region and School of Thought. Content on the site is tagged using these terms and clicking on any of the listed links will lead to all content tagged with that term.
Under the Subject section, a Related Content section will appear. All content on Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers is organized as part of a powerful taxonomy. The taxonomy informs the links that appear in this section, showing content that is similar in nature allowing users to discover new and related content organically while using the platform.

Personal account, Saving, and Folders
Create a personal account using the sign up function to save content and searches in folders. Create an account by clicking “Log in” In the top right-hand corner of the site above “Librarians.” At the bottom of the pop-up window, click “Sign up now.”
After signing up or logging in to your personal account, you can save search and content to folders. To save a search, click the “Save this Search” button from any search results page, which appears on the right side of the page above the search results and below the static search bar.
To save content, locate the “Save” icon in the top right-hand corner of any page of the content (directly under “Advanced Search”) that you wish to save. Clicking on ‘Save’ will enable you to save the URL of the relevant page into a folder. You can create multiple folders and save different content into each.
Access folders from “My Content” under the welcome message in the top right corner of the site.

APA, MLA, and Chicago citations are available for all content on the platform. Click the “Citation” button next to the Save and Print links. This will bring up a pop-up window with citation information that you can copy to clipboard or export as a RIS file.

Social Sharing
Clicking the “Share” button on any content page will bring up a form with options to share content via email, Google plus, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, with options to personalize the message before posting or emailing.

Access the Librarians section of Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers using the “For Librarians” navigation in the top navigation bar. The Librarian section provides useful information on the Benefits for Subscribing Institutions, MARC Records, Promotional Materials for the platform, as well as Help and Contact Us information.