Recommended Sites

  • Intute: Philosophy: Outstanding U.K. gateway.  Search by Keyword or use the "Browse Philosophy" links on the left.
  • Philosophy Around the Web: A gateway to internet resources with searching by individual philosopher or topic and with links to relevant university departments, societies, and journals.
  • Ethics Updates: Gateway to resources for both ethical theory and applied ethics.
  • World Values Survey: Political, social, and cultural data on the values and beliefs of over 80 societies worldwide--including the United States--since 1981. A great site, but it can be a challenge to navigate.  To get started try my World Values Survey: User Guide.
  • American Philosophical Association:  Web site of the main professional organization for philosophers in the United States. Information on the profession, conferences, department Web sites, and online resources.

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Journals by Title

Note: The databases below allow you to search by topic for articles in thousands of newspapers, magazines, and journals. You can also use the following link to browse available full-text journals in Philosophy.

Philosopher's Index

Philosopher's Index
    Scholarly index to journal articles and books in philosophy.  Includes anthologies and book reviews.


A comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. 

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Jim Pryor's Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper
Jim Pryor's Guidelines on Reading Philosophy
Jim Pryor's Philosophical Terms and Methods

General OneFile

General OneFile :
     Use the default Subject search to find the best subject heading for your topic (and when you find a good one be sure to look at the "Related Subjects" to see if there's something even better).
     After finding the best Subject term, use the “Subdivisions” link below it for focus.  These allow you to target articles on a particular aspect of the topic, including “Ethical Aspects,” “Political Aspects,” "Religious Aspects," and “Social Aspects.”


ProQuest Research Library :
     As an alternative to keyword searching try the "Thesaurus" (above the search slots) to preview what Subject Headings are available.
. And for most topicss you can add "Ethics" as a second Subject Heading. 

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier  
     Note that there is a “Subject Terms” link just above the search boxes, allowing you to search the index of Subject Headings.
     A good initial strategy in this database is to search a likely topic in the Subject Terms and when you find it “explode” the term by double clicking it--this brings up a list of related Subject terms.  You can check as many terms as you like before "adding" them to your search by AND-ing or OR-ing them together.


    This provides 100% full text access to scholarly articles from the present back to the late 19th century.  

     JSTOR offers only a Keyword search of its complete full text, so retrievals are large, but the relevancy ranking does a good job of putting the strongest matches on the first few pages.  This relevancy ranking does not weigh date, however, and will display a mix of articles written decades apart.  So if your topic is time sensitive, be alert to publication dates.
     User Advisory: The academic journals covered here feature numerous book reviews, so it's a good idea to tick the "Article" limit below the search slots so you won't be overwhelmed by book reviews on your topic.  
     Also note the "Date Range" limit, which in a database with an archive this deep can be very useful.

Project Muse

Project Muse ,
     Although a smaller database, Project Muse complements JSTOR. LIke JSTOR it provides keyword searching of 100% full text of mostly scholarly journals, This broad approach to searching tends to generate large retrievals, so it's best to be as specific as possible.  


ATLA religion database with ATLASerials :
    Our religion and theology database. To browse the Subject Headings available here, click on "Indexes" above the search slots  and select "Subjects"  from the drop-down menu.  

Science Direct

ScienceDirect :
     Because it’s a large database with a great deal of full text, the absence of Subject searching means that your Keyword searches will often retrieve large sets of articles, many of which mention but don’t discuss your search term(s). One way around this is to limit your initial search to the “Abstract Title Keyword” field. 

     Adding--ethic* or moral*-- to your search will help focus on the articles that are concerned with the ethics of the topic (* is a truncation symbol and ethic* will retrieve ethic, ethics, ethical, and ethically).
     User Advisory: Uncheck "books," if you're looking for articles; the IC subscription does not include full-text access to the books.  And if you open the "Dates" drop-down menu you'll find a much wider range of options than the default 10 year span.


PsycINFO :  
    The American Psychological Association use their own Subject vocabulary (called "Descriptors"), so a visit to the "Thesaurus" below the search slots is a good idea. In addition to whatever Descriptors you find for your topic, be aware that you can always add "Ethics," "Morality," "Bioethics," or "Business Ethics" as descriptors, if appropriate.  And If you find an article on exactly what you want, be sure to check the assigned "Descriptors" on the right of the citation for more ideas about useful search terms.  

MLA Citation

MLA is the citation style used by most disciplines in the Humanities. Here is my guide to the latest (2016) update of the MLA style.