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Key databases for Philosophy

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in Philosophy. You can also see a complete list of databases for Philosophy available from the Library.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Provides open access to detailed scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The database allows you to search for full-text entries and most of the articles are original contributions by specialised philosophers. Updated regularly.


PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of research content in philosophy. It monitors sources including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. It also hosts the largest open access archive in philosophy. The index contains over 2.3 million entries in more than 5,000 categories.

Guide to using PhilPapers

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Search for full-text entries on topics in philosophy. Each entry is kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are refereed by the members of a scholarly editorial board before they are made public. The database maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research, and is continually revised and updated.

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science