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A Guide to Philosophy Resources

Guide to resources for the study of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis.

Why This Research Guide? And a comment on research strategy


"The [final] paper/project must be based on material we’ve covered in class (and must engage at least one assigned reading)." - Anya Plutynski


"Start with the information you have to find the information you want." - Michael Schaefer

Reference Sources


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - open access

Oxford Bibliographies (Philosophy & Psychology) -  written and reviewed by academic experts, every article in this database is an authoritative guide to the current scholarship, containing original commentary and annotations. This online reference tool combines features of a high-level encyclopedia and of a traditional bibliography put together in a style that responds to the way people do research online. 

Book Reviews

Book Review Index - a comprehensive online guide to book reviews with over five million review citations from thousands of publications.

Individual Journal Titles and Journal Databases

Individual Journal Titles

JSTOR                                               ProQuest                                 EBSCO                                Others 

Philosophy of Science - 01/01-1934 - 6 years ago in JSTOR Arts & Sciences II; 9/1/1993 to 1 year ago in Academic Search Complete; 2002 to Present in Cambridge Journals

History of the Human Sciences - WUSTL does not own access to this journal, but it can be searched at the title link and articles can be InterLibrary Loaned

Social Studies of Science - 2/1/1975 to 4 years ago in JSTOR Arts & Sciences II; 1999 to Present in SAGE Complete A-Z List

History of Psychology Vol. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 1998) - 1(1) to Present in APA PsycARTICLES

Annual Review of Psychology (Vol. 1 (Feb. 1950) - 1(1) to 5 years ago in Annual Reviews Back Volumes; 2/1/1950 to 2/28/2005 in Academic Search Complete; 1/1/1993 to 1/31/2005 in Social Science Database; 2006 to Present in Annual Reviews

Psychological Review (vol. 1, no. 1, Jan. 1894) -  1(1) to present in APA PsycARTICLES

Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology (vol. 1, no. 1, Mar. 1994) - 1(1) to present in Project MUSE - Premium Collection

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics (Vol. 4, no. 1, Feb. 1983 - Vol. 18, no. 4, Dec. 1997); previously named Metamedicine (Vol. 1, no. 1, Feb. 1980 - Vol. 3, no. 3, Oct. 1982), both collections in Springer Online Journal Archives (through 1996); Vol. 19, no. 1, Jan. 1998 to 2016 in SpringerLink Contemporary.

Philosophy Compass (Vol. 1, no. 1, Jan. 2006 - present) - in Wiley Online Library All Journals

Behavioral and Brain Sciences (1978 - present) - print (1978-1997); 1997 - present in Cambridge Journals

The Journal of Mind and Behavior (Vol. 1, no. 1, spring 1980) - 4/1/1980 to 7/31/2017 in JSTOR Arts & Sciences XV; 7/1/2014 - present in Social Science Database and Sociology Database


Subject-Specific Databases

PhilSci Archive - an openly accessible repository specifically tailored to and run by philosophers of science out of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Works posted here can be linked to from across the web and freely viewed without the need for a user account. PhilSci-Archive invites submissions in all areas of philosophy of science, including general philosophy of science, philosophy of particular sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, psychology, etc.), feminist philosophy of science, socially relevant philosophy of science, history and philosophy of science and history of the philosophy of science.


PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. They monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. 

The full text content of philosophy journals is not stored in a single repository. PhilPapers is the most comprehensive index for citations, but you will find the content of philosophy papers in JSTORAcademic Search Complete, as well as publisher's repositories like Cambridge, SAGE, etc. Your Philosophy subject librarian recommends PhilPapers to search for citations and Primo or Google Scholar to find the full text. 


APA PsycInfo & PsychArticles - both curated by the American Psychological Association, PsycInfo is the world's largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It's coverage dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, with extensive coverage from the 1800s to the present. it includes books and book chapters, dissertations selected from Dissertation Abstracts International, publications from more than 50 countries, and journals published in 29 languages. PsychArticles contains 220,000 full-text articles from nearly 120 journals and is updated weekly. They can be searched simultaneously along with all other EBSCO products accessible to the WUSTL community.

Multidisciplinary Academic Journal databases

Google Scholar vs. Primo

JSTOR vs. Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete (1975-present) covers topics in most areas of academic study. Full-text provided for over 10,000 publications, with over 7,850 peer-reviewed. Abstracts and indexing available for over 13,780 journals in the collection.

JSTOR database and full texts of journal articles.

Google Scholar - the most complete index of academic journal articles

Primo - the single search bar for *almost* everything WUSTL can access

Project MUSE Premium a collection of peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journals from leading university presses, not-for-profit publishers and prestigious scholarly societies.

Additional Databases

Psychiatry Online (1998 - ) - DSM legacy library