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TOK - Theory of Knowledge: Introduction

Information and resources to help you with your IB Diploma core TOK requirements - the course, the essay and the presentation.


Welcome to this Libguide for TOK. This first page provides general information; following tabs or pages give specific suggestions of resources for different elements of the TOK course.

Each WoK (Way of Knowing) and AoK (Area of Knowledge) is listed separately under the general tabs above. Just hover the cursor over the relevant blue tab to see and select sub-pages/tabs. Suggested pbooks (books) are held in the Main Library on the Dover Campus.  

We hope you find this information helpful. UWCSEA College Library Service, Dover Campus. 

Link to the library catalogue

A number of items in the Library collection could be helpful when looking for resources and information to support your exploration of TOK. This link to the College library catalogue enables you to search under subject or topic terms.

TOK Collection

There is a TOK collection in the Library. Please regard this as a 'starter' collection, as there are many other items in the larger Library print collection which can help you.  In fact, the various tabs in this libguide contain recommendations or suggestions of print resources that are kept in the general collection, not just in the TOK collection. 

Magazines and knowledge questions

Magazines contain current information which can help to examine knowledge questions. These include general interest magazines such as The Week, The Economist and Time magazine. 

Current information provides stimulus material to help understand some of the abstract concepts in TOK, such as Philosophy Now 

All these magazines are available in the Library. 

Digital access to Philosophy Now

The library subscribes to a digital database of Philosophy Now
Philosophy Now offers institutions digital access via IP ranges, so there is no log-in (that is purely for individual subscribers). Users can tell if they are in the subscribed version if they see "UWCSEA" in the top right corner of the screen. 


Don't have time to read a book about TOK? Time management is a big factor for DP students and others. The following tips may be helpful:

  • Don't think of necessarily reading a book 'from cover to cover'
  • Use the List of Contents to help you identify relevant chapters
  • Use the Index (usually at the back of the book) to help you identify relevant pages of information
  • Use skim and scan-reading techniques, e.g. looking for key terms, to ascertain relevant content
  • Use side headings, bold text and illustration headings to help get to relevant sections

TOK book of the week

IB Theory of Knowledge Guide


The college subscribes to several useful databases of information. These are available through the College Portal. Once you have logged in, click on the bottom of the page to get the pull-up menu. Select "Reference Sites" and there are a number of databases listed.

For TOK, the following databases may be helpful:

  • Issues - Controversy and Society (ABC-Clio Databases)
  • Newsbank
  • Opposing Viewpoints (Gale Centage Learning)
  • Pressreader
  • Project Muse
  • ProQuest Central
  • SIRS Knowledge Source

New books about TOK in the College Library (Dover Campus)

Check resources on TOK - DP Librarian

DP Librarian

There are many internet sites that contain useful source and stimulus material for TOK purposes. On this Diigo curating account, resources have been tagged with TOK-related terms, e.g. Ways of Knowing, emotion, language, authority, etc. 


This guide was created and maintained by Dr. Anthony Tilke, 2013-2015. 

Note to readers

Please note that annotations or reviews of books highlighted in this Libguide have been provided by the Libguides software and generally are developed or written by the publishers themselves. 

This guide was developed by A. Tilke, Head of Library Services at the Dover Campus of UWCSEA and a TOK teacher. December 2014.