Philosophy Department

General Research Tools


This is the place to begin for general research at USM. There are a huge number of resources at your disposal at this site, including URSUS, periodical searches, and much, much more.

URSUS: The University of Maine System Library Online Catalog 
URSUS is the online union catalog of the University of Maine System libraries and other participating Maine libraries. The Maine State Library, the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library and the Bangor Public Library are participating libraries. URSUS indexes the majority of the print and non-print materials for the libraries, including books, serials, microforms, sound recordings, maps, government documents and other audiovisual formats. The combined collections total over one million bibliographic records and over 2 million volumes. In addition to a bibliographic description of each item, URSUS provides location and status information.

Philosophy of Law Guest Lecturer

Lady Justice

Professor of Philosophy Robert Loudon welcomes guest lecturer Robert Ruffner, Esq. to speak in his Philosophy of Law (PHI 260) class. All USM students of philosophy and law are welcome to attend this lecture.

Thursday, November 19th at 2:45 in Luther Bonney #502, Portland Campus
Robert J. Ruffner, Esq. will be the Guest Lecturer in Professor Robert Louden’s Philosophy of Law class on November 19th at 2:45 in Luther Bonney #502. Ruffner, a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense, is a 1996 graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Mr. Ruffner began practicing in Maine in 1999 as a Domestic Violence prosecutor with the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office. He then joined the litigation firm of Friedman Babcock & Gaythwaite where he practiced insurance and criminal defense. Ruffner formed his own practice in 2001 to focus on Criminal Defense.

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