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.
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Episteme Links: Philosophy Resources on the Internet
Erratic Impact—Philosophy Research Base
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
Voice of the Shuttle—Philosophy
The Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert
University of Michigan
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Perseus Digital Library
Saint Anselm College
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.
See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.