Welcome to the library research guide in support of:
PHIL 3710: Marriage & Family
PHIL 3710 studies philosophical issues relating to marriage and the family. Topics may include the nature of marriage and marital obligation, marriage and the state, children’s rights and parental obligations, the family and the state, and justice in the family.
Click on the tabs above to identify resources that will help you locate information for your assignments in the course.
A copy of the handout distributed during the library instruction session is available here:
The following is a suggested search strategy to locate information on family and marriage in your assigned country/state:
1. For the most part, you will want to use scholarly sources. Why? Because scholarly sources require authors to document and make verifiable the sources of the facts, ideas, and methods they used to arrive at their insights and conclusions. By doing so these sources provide a level of authority and credibility not evident in information you might find on the internet or in newspaper or magazine articles (which are not required to document evidence that either supports or negates their conclusions). Scholarly sources are designed and structured to provide the elements necessary to most thoroughly evaluate the validity and truth of an author's position.
2. Use the sources listed on the General Marriage/Family Sources tab to locate information about marriage and family law and customs in your country/state.
3. Use the sources listed on the Country Specific Sources tab to locate additional information specific to your country/state.
4. Search for information on your country/state in books using the sources and tips on the Find Books tab.
5. Search for information on your country/state in articles using the article databases and search tips on the Find Articles tab.
6. Consult the sources on the Research Reports tab to locate recent case studies and research on the state of marriage and the family in your country.
7. Keep a log of your search process. Make a list of the sources and search terms that "work" and the ones that don't.
8. Cite as you go. Keep track of the sources in which you found information so you can cite them in your final projects.