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Philosophy Subject Guide


The Philosophy Subject Guide is intended to provide an introduction to philosophy research resources. If you need in-depth assistance or if you have questions about any of the resources or services mentioned in the guide please contact the Philosophy Liaison Librarian.


Reference Resources

Electronic Reference Resources

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Gale)

Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Philosophers

Dictionary of Existentialism

The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Bioethics

Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Ethics

Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society

Encyclopedia of Postmodernism

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas

Oxford Companion to Philosophy

Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

Print Reference Materials

Blackwell Dictionary of Modern Social Thought
     Ref H41 .B53

The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy
     Ref B41 .C35

The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy
     Ref B171 .C36

The Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers
     Ref B1301 .D527

Dictionary of the History of Ideas; Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas
(for newer edition see electronic reference resources listing)
     REF CB5 .D52

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
     Ref BH56 .E53

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics
     BJ63.A66 (4 vols.)

Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy
     Ref B126 .E496

Encyclopedia of Empiricism
     Ref B816 .E53

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
     Ref B802.E53

Encyclopedia of Philosophers on Religion

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
     Ref CB361 .E52

History of Western Philosophy of Religion

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
     Ref B51 .O94

Political Philosophy: Theories, Thinkers, Concepts
     Ref JA71 .P6226

Routledge Companion to Postmodernism
     Ref B831.2 .R68



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Find Books


Find Criticism or Analysis
To locate criticism or analysis of a specific concept or school of thought, search the library catalog by keyword (e.g., metaphysics, deconstruction, epistemology). To locate criticism or analysis on a specific philosopher do a subject search on the philosopher's last name. Once you find the correct manifestation of your philosopher's name click on the name to bring up a list of books that the library owns about that specific philosopher.

Find Primary Sources/Original Texts
To locate primary sources or original texts, do an author search in the library catalog using the philosopher's last name. Once you find the correct manifestation of your philosopher's name click on the name to bring up a list of books that the library owns by that specific philosopher.

Geisel Library Catalog
Use to locate books housed in Geisel Library. To see what philosophy books have recently been added to the Geisel Library collection, consult the New Books webpage and browse by subject area and month.

Most philosophy books are located on the Main Level of the library in the B section. For specific topics, try looking for books in the following sections:

B (philosophy—general)

BC (logic)

BH (aesthetics)

BJ (ethics)

Q174-Q180 (philosophy of science)

Use WorldCat to search the collections of libraries worldwide. If you find a book in this database and it is not owned by Geisel Library, you can request it from Interlibrary Loan. Ask for help in using this database at the reference desk, in person, or online at Ask a Librarian.
Access restricted to the Saint Anselm College community.

Use ebary to search thousands of e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.
Access restricted to the Saint Anselm College community. 


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Find Journal Articles


CrossSearch  Philosophy

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Search the following databases to locate journal articles in the field of philosophy. Many of the databases will require you to use WebBridge to locate the full text of an article. To learn how to use WebBridge, please watch our video tutorial (3.5 mins; includes audio).

If you would like to browse Geisel Library's collection of philosophy related print and electronic full text journals go to Journal Finder's Philosophy & Religion Journals listing and scroll down until you see the heading for Philosophy. You can then browse our print and electronic journal collection by topic.

Core Databases

Philosopher's Index
The premier international resource in philosophy, this database contains over 160,000 citations with abstracts to journal articles as well as books (1940–present).

Academic Search Premier
A broad index providing abstracts and some full-text for a range of academic areas, including philosophy.

Use JSTOR to search for full-text articles from major philosophical journals, including Philosophical Quarterly, Ethics, Mind, and Philosophy of Science. Please note that JSTOR provides access to back issues only, current issues of journals will not be in JSTOR; to locate current issues of titles in JSTOR use Journal Finder. Coverage is generally from the beginning of publication to within 5 years of the current issue. Consult their Philosophy Journals page to browse the philosophy related titles in their collection.

Supplemental Databases

APh:  L'Annee Philologique
This comprehensive index in classical studies indexes articles in hundreds of scholarly journals, books, dissertations, and conference proceedings and provides brief abstracts. Articles written in many European languages are indexed, but the interface language of the database is English. (1959-present)    User Guide

Catholic Periodical & Literature Index
CPLI is produced by the American Theological Library Association and the Catholic Library Association. It provides indexing to periodicals, books, newspapers, and papal documents dealing expressly with a practice of Catholic faith and lifestyle. (1981–present)

International Medieval Bibliography   (On Campus Only)
This searchable online version of the IMB provides comprehensive indexing of scholarly journals and conference proceedings in the interdisciplinary field of medieval studies. Bibliographic records are available for 4,500 periodicals, with quarterly updates ensuring access to the latest articles.
To open the database, click on the "Enter Databases" button and then click on the icon for International Medieval Bibliography.

Iter:  Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
"Iter's bibliography covers all literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for journal articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies are included. Also included are citations for monographs, and material published in monographs and collections of essays." Geisel Library subscribes to many of the journals indexed in Iter. Use Journal Finder to see whether we have access to the citations you find in Iter in print or through another electronic resource. View our video tutorial for assistance in using Journal Finder.   User Guide

Past Masters: Humanities Database   (In Library Only)
This CD-ROM of the complete works of Saint Anselm (in Latin) and Saint Augustine (in Latin and English) can be searched using keywords. This database is located on Library PC 70, PC 74 and on the Anselm Room PC.

Project MUSE
"Project MUSE provides online, worldwide, institutional subscription access to the full text of more than 200 scholarly journals in arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics." Consult their Philosophy Journals page to browse the philosophy related titles in their collection; Geisel Library has full text access to those titles marked by a green box.

ProQuest Central
This interdisciplinary database contains a variety of publication types from all disciplines, as a result the search results may seem overwhelming at first. To limit your results try one of the following options: click on the "Scholarly Journals" tab to view only scholarly articles or limit your search to smaller collections like ProQuest Research Library (select core journals from various disciplines) by selecting a collection from the Database drop-down menu.

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Selected Websites


Searching the World Wide Web can yield a vast amount of information, but in terms of quality and reliability, your results may be uneven at best. The ease and speed with which individuals can publish information on the web, regardless of accuracy or quality, makes it imperative that when doing research on the web you know how to evaluate the information you find. To learn more, see our guide on Evaluating Websites.

Web Portals

Episteme Links:  Philosophy Resources on the Internet

Erratic Impact—Philosophy Research Base

Guide to Philosophy on the Internet

Intute:  Philosophy

Philosophical Weblogs

Voice of the Shuttle—Philosophy


The Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert
University of Michigan

Ethics Updates
University of San Diego

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin

Islamic Philosophy Online
Home to the Dictionary of Islamic Philosophy and the Journal of Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy Online also contains pages dedicated to specific Islamic philosophers, full text articles on Islamic philosophy, and electronic texts of Islamic philosophical works.

Paideia:  Philosophy Gateway
Boston University
Paideia allows you to search through and access over 1000 papers presented at the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy as well as the current and back issues of Existenz, an online journal devoted to the philosophy of Karl Jaspers.

Search through this database of online philosophy research by keyword or browse by philosophical concept and/or time period. Search results can be limited to open access articles. To link to Geisel Library full text from PhilPapers, please contact the Philosophy Liaison Librarian.

PhilSci Archive
University of Pittsburgh
PhilSci Archive is an archive of electronic preprints dealing specifically with the Philosophy of Science. Search the database by keyword or browse by date, conference name, or by subject area.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Stanford University

Electronic Texts

Use the following websites to access electronic versions of major philosophical texts. In addition to searching the Geisel Library catalog, these web resources can help you access primary sources in the field of philosophy.

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts
University of California—Los Angeles

Google Books
To search for works by a specific philosopher, click on Advanced Book Search and enter in the philosopher's name in the "author" search box.

Institute for Learning Technologies
Columbia University

Internet Archive - Text Archive
To search for works by a specific philosopher, click on "Advanced Search" and enter in the philosopher's name in the "creator" search box.

Internet Classics Archive
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Medieval and Modern Thought Text Digitization Project
Stanford University

Perseus Digital Library
Tufts University

Philosophy Etexts
Saint Anselm College

Project Gutenberg
To search for works by a specific philosopher, enter in the philsopher's name in the "author" search box on the left side of the screen.


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Citing Sources

See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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