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Databases - use these when you have a topic and want to find out what journal articles have been written about it
Philosophers Index is the principal resource for finding journal articles on this subject. It indexes both books and journals from 1940 to the present and covers aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic and metaphysics as well as the philosophy of various disciplines e.g. education and science.
Academic Search Complete - a huge multidisciplinary database indexing some 9,300 journals; over half of its articles have links to full text.
ATLA Religion Database - produced by the American Theological Library Association. Provides index of articles from over 600 journals covering theology and religion, and includes book reviews and multi-author essay collections. Access to full-text articles is available for many referenced items.
JSTOR - this database provides an archive of full-text articles from academic journals covering a wide range of humanities, social sciences and science disciplines. It does not, however, include full-text access to the most recent three to five years of many journals, so researchers looking for relatively new material may wish to use other databases such as Academic Search Complete.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - a substantial reference work covering all areas of philosophy. As an electronic-only resource, it is constantly updated and monitored by a huge international team of scholars.
Zetoc - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings published since 1993, and is updated daily. Note that records do not have abstracts; only bibliographic details are given.
N.B. The Library's electronic databases page provides a complete list of all our databases with brief details of subject coverage and access information. You may also find it useful to look at other subject help pages for details of more subject specific databases.
Electronic journals - use these when you already have a specific journal article or journal titles that you want to look up
Many full-text journals to which the Library subscribes are available electronically over the internet, allowing you to read articles on the screen.
The Library Catalogue gives details of e-journals we have access to, as well as all the printed journals held in the Library. Enter the journal title into the keyword or title search box and select Electronic & Printed Journals Catalogue as the collection.
The catalogue entry for an e-journal connects to the A-Z list (a complete listing of full-text e-journals available to Oxford Brookes staff and students). This shows the range of years that full text is available and the host service (or collection) that provides access to that individual journal title.
If you are looking for journal articles on a specific topic, you should use a database.
Note: most of our e-journals (and databases) require confidential passwords, enabling secure access for members of Brookes. In most cases this is the Athens security system. Some of the e-journals or databases require other confidential passwords. Your PIP page (Personal Information Portal) also provides details of the relevant passwords, through the Library Electronic Resources section, and can be accessed from off-campus. Before you start trying to access e-journals or search databases, you should log in to Athens. From off-campus we also recommend that you set up the institutional cookie on your home computer.
Electronic books - use these when you want to read the whole text of a book online
The Library catalogue lists the vast majority of our electronic books. If you are having trouble using e-books, view this tutorial. These are some e-books that will be of interest to Philosophy students:
Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy - a substantial reference work covering all areas of philosophy which, as an electronic-only resource, is constantly updated and monitored by a huge international team of scholars.
Other online encyclopedias - access to multidisciplinary encyclopedias including Wikipedia, plus some on specific topics.
Oxford reference online - contains about 200 Oxford reference books. Includes 12 titles under 'Religion & Philosophy' such as 'The Oxford companion to philosophy'.
Dictionaries and thesauri - includes the Oxford English Dictionary as well as Oxford Language Dictionaries Online.
Internet sites - key Web sites to find resources related to philosophy
Some of these internet sites belong to individual bodies or associations. Others provide gateways to general philosophy related, or to more subject specific sites.
CTI Textual Studies: Resources for Philosophers.
Intute: Arts and Humanities - History and Philosophy of Science - a substantial and academically vetted gateway to a great many up-to-date websites relating to the history and philosophy of science.
Intute: Arts and Humanities - Philosophy - another thoroughly vetted gateway to many of the best up-to-date online Philosophy resources.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - a current, professional peer-reviewed resource.
Philosophy - works by Kant, Hume, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Plato and more.
Project Gutenburg - e-texts of many works of literature, including some theological/philosophical texts. From the FTP menu, choose the U.K. mirror site. Browse by author or title.
Contemporary Philosophy, Critical Theory and Postmodern Thought - Covers Foucault, Derrida, Barthes, Marx, Wittgenstein and others.
Library guides and information skills
EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies