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Key databases for Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

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, Religion and History of Science. You can also see a complete list of databases for Philosophy, Religion and History of Science available from the Library.


Allows you to search for journal articles in Theology and Religious Studies. It provides information on topics such as biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religion in social issues. Coverage spans from 1949 to the present. There are no full-text articles on ATLA, so use the Check@Leeds button to see if the Library has the article you want.

Guide to using ATLA

British Newspapers 1600-1900

An extensive collection of newspapers from across the British Isles, and the British Empire.

Guide to using British Newspapers 1600-1900

Cetedoc Library of Christian Latin Texts

CETEDOC is a database of Christian Latin Texts, including the Corpus Christianorum editions, supplemented by other texts. This database allows you to search for the full text of works by early Christian authors and to search within these texts. It is useful for Theology and Religious Studies, History, Classics and Medieval Studies. This database is updated at irregular intervals.

Early European Books

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the end of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.

Guide to using Early European Books

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

This database, which contains over 180,000 titles, allows you to search or read the full text of books, pamphlets, essays or broadsides printed in the UK or the Americas between 1701 and 1800, on any topic.?Works included are primarily in English but some foreign-language material printed in England is also present. As well as searching the text you can view page images and illustrative content. The database is updated annually.

History of Science, Technology and Medicine

This database allows you to search for journal articles, conference proceedings, books and dissertations in the history of science, technology, and medicine and allied historical fields.

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.

Making of the Modern World

Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850 provides digital facsimile images of 61,000 works on economics, business and trade, giving insights into the economic, social and political conditions of the time. Full-text searching is available across this collection.

Guide to using Making of the Modern World


An excellent source of news information, including international newspapers, trade publications and company information. All articles are available in full text. It is easy to use but remember to narrow down your search by limiting the dates or by choosing a specific set of newspapers. For example you can choose to search across all English language newspapers, or just UK national newspapers. Updated daily.

Guide to using Nexis


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

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical

This database provides a scholarly synopsis of the material relating to science, technology and medicine appearing in 16 general British periodicals from the nineteenth century. It contains entries for over 14,000 articles and references to more than 6000 individuals and 2500 publications.

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