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Online Reference  
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 
This is a link to the Table of Contents that provides an A-Z list of terms and people in the field of philosophy

Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy 
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Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Print Reference 
Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy                                      Encyclopedia of Ethics

Oxford Dicitonary of Philosophy

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

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. 

    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.  

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.

Famous Figures

          Simone de Beauvoir                John Stuart Mill                      David Hume

                 Plato                               Immanuel Kant                     W.V.O. Quine

Contemporary Philosophers

            Martha Nussbaum                        Peter Railton                 Christine Korsgaard 

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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.