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A guide to philosophy resources at Xavier University of Louisiana

Citation Style Guides

MLA 7th ed

The preferred citation style guide for philosophy is the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition. Paper copies can be checked out from the Circulation Desk. Ask at the desk and we will get it for you.  Electronic, but unofficial, versions can be found on the Bedford St. Martin's Research & Documentation website and on Purdue University OWL websites. 

Writing Help

The Writing Resource Center offers Xavier's students 30-minute writing help sessions in a variety of disciplines. Although walk-in students are welcome, for best results schedule a session for yourself by calling 504-520-6282. The WRC is located in room 106 of the St. Joseph Student Academic and Health Center and it's open from 8:30 am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. Learn more about the WRC here.

Welcome to the Library Resource Center!

Successful researchers start their research process early; they develop a plan to tackle their subject or project. The library is here for you. We are open in person these hours, and 24/7 online. Librarians are available at the reference desk, by phone, by chat and SMS,  and by consultation to answer questions, help connect you to resources, and encourage you in your research. Come in and check us out!

Finding Books in Print

Use Xavier's library catalog to find books, journals, and media for research in philosophy. See this help for using the catalog or call the library at 504-520-7305. Books on philosphy are found on the 3rd floor imain stacks. The call number range for philosophy is 100-190.

Call number guide for Philosophy:

100s--Philosophy, General



130s--Parapsychology and occultism

140s--Philosophical schools of thought



170s--Ethics (Moral philosophy)

180s--Ancient, medieval, and Eastern philosophy

190s--Modern Western philosophy (19th and 20th centuries)

Using E-books at Xavier

Xavier owns a wealth of electronic books. Use EBSCO Nonfiction Books to access them from on or off-campus! You will find a wide variety of subjects here including art, biology, business, chemistry, communication, computer science, education, English, engineering, history, mathematics, music, pharmacy, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology and theology

Finding Items in Other Libraries

Looking for a book or journal but can't find it at Xavier? Search WorldCat to see which other libraries in the New Orleans area (and beyond) own it.

You can request items from other libraries through Xavier's interlibrary loan service. Requests can be made online or in person at the 3rd floor ILL desk.

Xavier students can also borrow books from Loyola University's Monroe Library, with certain restrictions. Ask for a LALINC card application at the Reference desk on the 1st floor.

Your Librarian

Herbert McGuin
Suite 224C

Library Resource Center