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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.
Journals - use these when you are looking for a journal title or have been asked to find a specific article in a journal
The Library has full-text access to over 10,000 journals, the vast majority of which are available over the internet.
Looking for a particular electronic journal? Search for the journal title on the A-to-Z of e-journals.
Looking for a particular print journal? Search for the journal title on the Library Catalogue.
Looking for journal articles on a subject? Use a database - see the suggestions above.
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. These are some electronic reference works 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.
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.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - a current, professional peer-reviewed resource.
Philosophy on the EServer - 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.
Royal Institute of Philosophy - based in London, this charitable organisation is dedicated to the advancement of philosophy and supports a variety of free public talks and lectures.
Philosophy: an online resource guide - a portal to more philosophy websites. Includes several 'beginner' philosophy resources.
History of Western Philosophy - offers a narrative survey of the historical development of Western philosophy.
Philosophical Terms and Methods - created by Jim Pryor at New York University, this includes a useful glossary of philosophical terms.
Noesis: Philosophical Research On-Line - another useful portal, which searches Stanford Encyclopedia, Google Scholar and other free philosophy collections online.
Referencing and research skills
Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of resources using Harvard and other referencing styles. It also gives guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.
EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies