Databases for Philosophy

Use one or more of the following databases (in alphabetical order) to search for journal articles or other document types on philosophy.

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Arts & humanities citation index (Web of science)
Coverage: Comprehensively indexes the world's leading arts and humanities journals.
Date range: 1975- (for citations); 2000- (for abstracts)
Publication types: Academic journals.
Note: Web of Knowledge does not support Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) at this time. Possible display problems can be resolved by using the "Compatibility View" option. This feature can be found under Tools > Compatibility View. For more details, see Microsoft knowledgebase.
Help: WoS Online Tutorial -- WoS Quick Reference Card (PDF) -- Cited reference searching tutorial
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Access: Access conditions

Dissertation abstracts online
Coverage: Index of abstracts of dissertations submitted for doctoral and postdoctoral degrees. Titles published since 1997 have 24 page previews available.
Date range: 1861-
Publication types: Dissertations
Help: Online Demo -- Quick start guide (PDF)
Access: Access conditions

Google scholar
Coverage: Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Links to UC Library resources are available.
Help: To see UC links, use Scholar Preferences and choose University of Canterbury in the Library Links section.
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Access: No access restrictions

The Internet encyclopedia of philosophy
Access: No access restrictions

JSTOR
Coverage: Provides full-text access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in many subjects. Does not include current journal issues; content is updated according to a "moving wall" process.
Date range: Updated monthly
Publication types: Journal articles, reviews
Note: The Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences I-XII, Biological Sciences, Business III-IV, Health & General Sciences Collections and 19th Century British Pamphlets. Title lists
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Oxford bibliographies online -- Philosophy
Coverage: Offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on philosophy. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable. Contains a "My OBO" function that allows users to create personalized bibliographies of individual citations from different bibliographies.
Access: Access conditions

Oxford reference online
Coverage: The two collections contain over 300 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. CU subscribes to 214 of the 316. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving access to a comprehensive information resource. The Premium Collection offers all of the above, plus added functionality and more detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the Oxford Companions Series, to enhance the coverage already provided by the Core Collection.
Date range: Latest editions. Updated three times per annum
Publication types: Encyclopedias, dictionaries
Note: UC subscribes to the Premium Collection
Help: Titles list
Access: Access conditions

PhilPapers
Coverage: Searchable directory of online philosophical articles and books by academic philosophers.
Note: Set up a user account to link to UC subscribed content (see Preferences > At my library). To use this feature, enable off-campus access also.
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Access: No access restrictions

Political Science Complete
Coverage: Provides full text and indexing and abstracts for comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, non-governmental organizations and political theory. Also features more than full-text reference books and monographs and conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association.
Date range: 1914-
Publication types: Journal literature
Note: Mobile access: Political Science Complete
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Project MUSE
Coverage: Provides full-text access to humanities, arts and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.
Date range: 1993-
Publication types: Journal articles
Note: UC subscription is to Standard Collection (journals only).
Help: Standard Collection Titles List -- Searching in Project MUSE (PDF)
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Religion and philosophy collection
Coverage: A comprehensive database covering topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. With more than 300 full-text journals and unparalleled coverage of the subject areas listed above, the Religion & Philosophy Collection is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.
Publication types: Journals
Access: Access conditions

Routledge encyclopedia of philosophy
Coverage: Covers an unparalleled breadth of subject matter, including Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy.
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Sociological abstracts
Coverage: Sociology, social work, human services and related disciplines
Date range: 1952-
Publication types: Academic journals, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, conference papers
Help: Online Demo -- Quick start guide (PDF)
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SpringerLink
Coverage: Provides full-text online access to electronic journals and books published by Springer. Mainly covers science, technology and medicine, but is also particularly strong in philosophy. Register to receive alerts and access to journals outside the UC subscription.
Publication types: Journal literature
Note: A green icon next to a title indicates full access.
Access: Access conditions

Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy
Coverage: Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy is a dynamic reference work; each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. As the current version is dynamic, i.e. responsive to new research, it is best to cite from the fixed editions which are made on a quarterly basis and stored in the database Archives.
Date range: Updated quarterly
Publication types: Encyclopedias
Access: Access conditions

Wiley online library
Coverage: Full text journals in Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Law, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine and Healthcare, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology and Social Sciences.
Date range: 1996-
Help: Online tutorials
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