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Library guide Philosophy: Databases, dictionaries and encyclopedias
All library services and resources in the field of Philosophy
In the list below you can find interdisciplinary databases.These databases are not primarily meant for philosophy, nevertheless they contain many relevant philosophical titles.
RUQuestThis link opens in a new windowAll subjects; journals, books, journal articles
RUQuest is a search engine for the collection of the RU University Library, Nijmegen, and for collections of other libraries worldwide.
RUQuest contains printed and digital books, periodicals, journal articles, book chapters and more.
Full text publications can be opened by clicking 'View full text'. Tutorial: RUQuest
JSTORThis link opens in a new windowGeneral; journal articles
A searchable archive of journal articles, in which the articles are available in full texts and retrievable from the first volume of a journal to three, four or five years ago. Self-teaching: How to search JSTOR Related archive: Periodicals Archive Online
Web of ScienceThis link opens in a new windowAll subjects; journal articles
The Web of Science by Clarivate Analytics contains references of international journal articles from all scientific disciplines.
It includes data from eight citation indexes:
- Science Citation Index Expanded
- Social Sciences Citation Index
- Arts and Humanities Citation Index
- Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S)
- Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)
- Book Citation Index - Science (BKCI-S)
- Book Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (BKCI-SSH)
- Emerging Sources Citation Index
- Current Chemical Reactions (CCR-EXPANDED)
- Index Chemicus (IC)
Citation indexes offer a unique search method to find later-published journal articles, in which a publication is cited. Coverage: daily updates Related: Journal Citation Reports
Subject Databases Philosophy
The databases in the list below are specifically aimed at philosophy or a philosophical discipline. See 'more' for a short description of the database.
The Philosophers Index is a bibliographical database. This means that it contains information on (new) books and articles, as from 1940. By going through indexes and abstracts, this database can select relevant publications for the search terms you provide. The disciplines represented in the Philosophers index are: aesthetics, axiology, philosophy of education, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, logic, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, metaphilosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of science, social philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. A user manual is available. This database does not provide access to the publications directly. Use the button Full-Text? to check whether the UB has access to it, or look up the title in RUQuest. Coverage: 1940 - present
The International Philosophical Bibliography is a bibliographical database. It contains information on (new) publications on philosophy. You can do a subject search, but it is also possible to browse the contents. All philosophical disciplines are represented, the main focus is on continental philosophy and the history of philosophy. A user manual is available at help. This database does not provide direct access to the publications. Use the button Full-Text? to check whether the University Library has access to it, or look up the title in RUQuest. Coverage: IPB Full: 1997 - present ; IPB retrospective: 1985 - 1996
Dietrichs Index Philosophicus is a bibliographical database, with information on philosophical articles and reviews published between 1983 and 2009. There are several search strategies, with different results. See the Search Help for a user guide. This database does not provide direct access to the publications. Use the button Full-Text? to check whether the UB has access to it, or look up the title in RUQuest. Coverage: 1983 - 2009
Womens Studies International is a bibliographical database with information on publications on womens studies. A user manual is available. This database does not provide access to the publications directly. Use the button Full-Text? to check whether the UB has access to it, or look up the title in RUQuest. Coverage: 1972 - present Related: Atria - Institute on Gender Equality and Women's History
The Aristotle Latinus Database contains all Medieval Latin translations of Aristotles works. This database is not primarily intended for reading the texts, rather for examining the distribution of word-forms. An extensive manual is available on the webpage. For online access to the English translations of Aristotle, see Past Masters. Related database: Past Masters
Past MastersThis link opens in a new windowTexts of theologians and philosophers
In Past Masters zijn in elektronische vorm de werken beschikbaar van enkele grote filosofen (Thomas van Aquino, Descartes, Fichte, Kant, Leibniz, Peirce, Schopenhauer, Wittgenstein) en werken uit de Britse filosofie van 1600-1900, theologie en de politieke filosofie. Tevens is het verzamelde werk van Darwin beschikbaar.
The International Medieval Bibliography is a bibliographical database which offers information about (new) publications on the Middle Ages. The focus is on publications about the late Antique period up to and including the late Middle Ages. The database does not provide direct access to the publications. Use the button Full-Text? to check whether the University Library has access to it, or look up the title in RUQuest. Coverage: 1967 - present
The International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance is a bibliographical database, containing information about publications from 1965 until 2001. The focus of this database is on the history and culture of 16th and 17th century Europe. It covers subjects from the history of religion, philosophy, science, arts and gender studies up to military and political history. The database does not provide direct access to the publications. Use the button Full-Text? to check whether the UB has access to it, or look up the title in RUQuest. Coverage: 1965 - 2001
Nietzsche OnlineThis link opens in a new windowPhilosophy, Nietzsches works and secondary literature, Nietzsche-Wörterbuch
Nietzsche Online is a database with all the works of Nietzsche. It provides online access to the editions of Nietzsches philosophical and philological works, as well as to his letters. A part of the secondary literature on Nietzsche is full text accessible here. Furthermore, it provides a few research tools, like the Nietzsche-Wörterbuch. A user manual is available.
Corpus Thomisticum provides almost all Thomas Aquinas works in Latin edition. In addition to this, it contains scans of manuscripts, a bibliography of publications on Thomas Aquinas, and several research tools. All primary texts of Thomas Aquinas on this page are in Latin. See Past Masters for online access to the English translations. Related database: Past Masters
Bibliographie annuelle du moyen-âge tardif, published in collaboration with the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (Paris), is an up-to-date bibliography about late medieval authors and texts, and includes the manuscripts cited in catalogues by library collections, by genres, or by authors as well as in editions or other studies.