Bloomsbury Philosophy Library - How to Use

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 By and Browse Collections functions.

The basic search bar appears below the main navigation for quick and easy searching across the site.

Below the search bar is a banner image with a link to browse the featured content. Featured content provides free access to a curated selection of content from across the collections on the Bloomsbury Philosophy Library site. The selection is based on a specific theme, which will be updated on a routine basis.

Below this section are buttons for the different content types on the site: primary texts, secondary literature, and articles. These buttons lead to a dedicated browse page where you are able to see all content from across the site. There is also a button for the timeline.

Keep scrolling to view image tiles for Bloomsbury 20th-Century French Thought, Bloomsbury History of Modern Aesthetics and Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers. These tiles lead to a dedicated landing page for each collection, with an overview of the content and a linked title list.

At the bottom of the page, there is a banner on the teaching and learning tools that are available.


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.

Search results are displayed at the chapter level. The search results page will list results in most relevant order and can be reordered by title or date, 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 chapter, author, and eBook title, with a preview snippet of text that includes the search term with the search term appearing in bold.

Search results can be refined using the left-hand column by Subject, Movement and School of Thought, Philosopher, Period, Region or Content Type.

Navigate to the desired results by clicking on the chapter title at the top of each result.

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 content type.

Use the same search results functions on the search page to refine results further and access results.

Books pages

Navigate to a specific eBook from the collection or content type browse pages. Book pages show the title of the book, author, copyright information, DOI, ISBN, edition, place of publication, and date published online in the left-hand column and the cover and a link to purchase the book in the right-hand column.

The copyright information is followed by a search bar for searching within the book, followed by the table of contents with links to jump to specific sections and chapters of the book. Pagination in the table of contents matches the print edition of books.

Chapter pages

The left-hand column of the chapter page displays the book cover, author, copyright year and imprint, and the search within this book function, followed by Subject information and extensive Related Content (link to related content on this page here) links.

The main right-hand column shows the chapter title, DOI and page range of the chapter, followed by a linked table of contents for easy movement to other chapters within the book, following by the full text of the chapter. Hovering over the chapter text will show the corresponding page numbers at the appropriate breaks to match print editions of books.

Search within books

Searching within the “Search book” function from the book or chapter page will bring up all references to the search term within each chapter of the book.


The Explore By section of each collection landing page provides options to access the content by Subject, Movement and School of Thought, Philosopher, Period, Place, and Content Type.

Clicking on any option leads to an alphabetical list for browsing. The numbers in brackets next to each term show the amount of content aggregated under each term. Clicking on any term will lead to a results page for all the content on the site that has been tagged with the term.

The results page offers further filter options in the left-hand column.


The Browse Collection tab on the top navigation bar offers options to browse between the site's collections: Bloomsbury 20th-Century French Thought, Bloomsbury History of Modern Aesthetics and Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers. 

Each link brings up a dedicated landing page for each collection, with an overview of the content and a linked title list.

These collection pages are subscription sensitive; you will only see the content from collections to which your institution has access.

Related Content

On each content page, including book chapters, the left-hand column of the page will show Subject information, including Content Type, and Subject. All 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.

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 “For 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 Philosophy Library 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.