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Databases are the academic equivalent of Google and other search engines. Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research.
PhilPapers - a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. Search by subject or author, link to full text articles where available and download citations to EndNote.
Discover - use to search for books, ebooks, journals, individual journal articles, images, and other types of information sources all at the same time. It is a useful place to start your literature searching, though it doesn't search all our resources (some of the databases and online resources are not searched by Discover) and sometimes the number of results Discover gives can be overwhelming.
Search Complete - a huge multidisciplinary database indexing some 9,300 journals; over half of its articles have links to full text.
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.
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.
Looking for a specific journal? Use our E-journals by title search.
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.
Citing references in your work and plagiarism
Library printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system ( Word or PDF)
EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies
Teach yourself: library guides, 'how to' videos and literature searching
2015-2016 onwards: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from the Past Examination Papers collection on RADAR.
When on RADAR, log in, then select Search, enter the module name or number and limit your search to Examination papers.
Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library - at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1), Harcourt Hill (Quick Reference) and Wheatley (Short Loan).
Please note that some exam papers are not available because they have been prohibited from publication. In particular, there are no copies of any exam papers which contain multiple choice questions.
The Library as a research tool for philosophy students - this guide is aimed at pre-dissertation students, with advice on resources we offer to help you embark on your dissertation. You will need to login to access this guide.
Bodleian Library access - dissertation students are able to use the Bodleian Library if the Bodleian has materials you need which are not held by the Oxford Brookes Library. The Bodleian Library catalogue, SOLO, is freely available to search. You should contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you think you need to use the Bodleian. Read the guide Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library first, then visit the Library to obtain an application form.
Interlibrary loans - use the interlibrary loans service to request books, articles and other publications which the Library doesn't stock.
Referencing - here you'll find lots of useful information about referencing, including Cite Them Right Online and the Library guide to Brookes Harvard referencing.
EndNote reference management software - EndNote is software that helps you collect and organize your references, and then insert them automatically into Word documents.
Finding previous dissertations - use the Dissertations Location List (Word or PDF) to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held.
Some of these internet sites belong to individual bodies or associations. Others provide gateways to general philosophy related, or to more subject specific sites.
Library guide on Evaluating web sources ( Word or PDF)
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.
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.
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.
Royal Institute of Philosophy videos - an archive of philosophy videos, with content from annual lectures, London lecture series and other RIP events, as well as debates and discussions of all things philosophical.
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.