Worksheet for Information Literacy and Technology in Philosophy


Welcome, Philosophy Majors!


The BSU Core Curriculum states that:  “Each major must identify the means by which its students will achieve competence in information literacy and technology as appropriate to the discipline.”  As part of your work this semester in PHIL301, you must print out and complete this checklist, and submit it to the department chair. 


1. Print information literacy requirement:

š        Using The Philosopher’s Index, in Maxwell Library, locate citations for two essays or books published in the last 24 months, one of which is written BY either John Cooper or Terence Irwin, the other of which is on the subject of either Aristotle’s conception of the soul or Plato’s theory of mind.

š        Find an older journal article in Maxwell Library’s journal collection on one of the same topics.

š        Find the sections in Maxwell where philosophy books are located, physically go there, and find a book relating to this topic.


2. Smart navigation skills for internet research requirement:

š        Using internet search engines, find an article on Aristotle on causation which you have good reason for thinking is authoritative.

š        Identify the criteria by which you made this determination.


3. On-line resource requirement 1:

š        Find Plato’s Cratylus in an on-line text repository.

š        Also find bibliographical information pertaining to ancient philosophy.


4. On-line resources requirement 2:

š        Locate three on-line guides to philosophy, and rank them by reliability and comprehensiveness.


5. On-line resources requirement 3:

š        Go to and

š        On one of the two sites, find something which pertains to ancient philosophy this semester, and ascertain its reliability.


6. Journal requirement:
Find a philosophy journal which has an on-line presence, and identify the submission requirements for both paper and electronic submission.


7. Communication requirement:

š        Find the website of the American Philosophical Association.

š        Find any blog written by a philosopher or philosophers.

š        Find the BSU Philosophy Club’s Blackboard site and post a message to the discussion board in the Ancient Philosophy thread.


8. Answer the following questions:
a. what is a .pdf file, and how would you make one?

b. what is html, and how would you use it?