Books and eBooks are a great choice when you're new to a subject, since they can provide topic overviews and background information. They don't need to be read cover-to-cover to be useful - just check the table of contents or the index to find sections that are relevant to your interests. In eBooks, you can do a search for your topic within the book.
For some short, philosophy-relevant reads, check out the Very Short Introductions database:
|Plato AND political science||
Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with allthe concepts. Searching for Plato AND political science will only include books that have both Plato and political science in their contents.
|ethics OR morality||
Use OR between similar concepts. Searching forethics OR morality will find books that refer to either term.
Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "Ancient Philosophy" to find the words in that specific order.
These websites provide access to books/works in the public domain (copyright-free and available to all). They include many classic philosophy works by Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and more.