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Information Resources for Philosophy

You will find philosophy books and journals in the Arts and Social Studies Library. Use LibrarySearch to locate them. Additionally, the following selected internet resources may also be of use:


Main Resources

Encyclopedias, e-books and searchable databases of articles

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a comprehensive on-line encyclopaedia. Each entry is maintained and updated by an expert or group of experts in the field. It is widely judged to be the best of its kind and used by professional philosophers as the first port of call for an overview of any topic. Bibliographies are linked to PhilPapers.

PhilPapers provides a comprehensive directory of online philosophical articles and books by academic philosophers. Journals are monitored in many areas of philosophy, as well as archives and personal pages. The service is provided by the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London and the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. Professional philosophers use this resource (instead of Google Scholar) to search for and access articles published in any area of philosophy.

Oxford Scholarship Online (CU login required off campus)
This is a wide collection of e-books published by Oxford University Press.


Philosophy Magazines

Philosophy Now

The Philosopher’s Magazine (print journal held in Senghennydd Library).


Guides to Philosophy on the Internet

Lists over 19,000 sites, and offers the largest collection of philosophy-related links available on the Web. The links are categorised and annotated for easy navigation.

Resources For Students 
From the University of Missouri-St Louis, this site provides access to a comprehensive bank of document written by professional philosophers for their students. It begins with advice on how to write an essay and finishes with help on how to find a job in philosophy. It is mostly oriented to students in the USA.


Online philosophy tutorial

The Internet Philosopher tutorial produced by Intute: Virtual Training Suite may be of help in getting you started with finding online information.

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Discussion group / mailing list

The PHILOS-L archive dates from 1989 and covers announcements for conferences, calls-for-papers for journals, and job postings, queries and discussion. Its main audience is philosophers in the British Isles, but it extends to the continent and beyond. Most professional philosophers in Europe use this list to announce conferences and calls for papers.



The British Undergraduate Philosophy Society (BUPS)
The British Undergraduate Philosophy Society (BUPS) was founded early in 2005, by Robert Charleston, to respond to the lack of a communication platform linking students from different universities. The society initially was centred around the mailing lists, but its activities have since grown to include the organisation of conferences and activities, and the publishing of its own journal: the British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy (BJUP). BUPS now has hundreds of readers and conference delegates coming from universities from across the UK, and sometimes even from abroad.

The British Philosophical Association (BPA)
The BPA was established in 2003, and its aim is to promote and foster the teaching and study of, and research in Philosophy in the United Kingdom, within higher education and also within the wider community. Its founding President was Professor Roger Trigg, who previously chaired the BPA’s predecessor, the National Committee for Philosophy, and who oversaw the transition to the BPA. Its current President is Professor M.M. McCabe (King’s College London).


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Other useful Philosophy Resources

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
This authoritative encyclopedia, in print as a 10 volume set and searchable electronically in CD-ROM, is available at the Arts and Social Studies Library information desk.

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
This is a searchable on-line encyclopaedia. Articles are derived from public domain sources, student papers and original contributions by professional philosophers. The intention is to replace all of the first two types of articles with original contributions by professional philosophers.

Individuals with Online Papers in Philosophy
Includes papers, some published and some not, that have been made available on the Internet, primarily by academic philosophers on subjects including the philosophy of the mind, artificial intelligence, the philosophies of language and religion, metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophies of logic and mathematics and value theory. Arranged by author, but not searchable.

Australasian Association of Philosophy
This site hosts a network of loosely- affiliated web sites providing a range of information for the philosophical community in Australia and New Zealand, including links to The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, The Australasian Association of Philosophy and The Australasian Philosophy Forum.

Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
This extensive guide provides links to general guides to philosophy, philosophers and philosophies, associations, societies, journals, teaching resources, electronic texts, bibliographies and much more.

Intute - Philosophy
The philosophy section of Intute provides links to electronic texts, societies, gateways, recent research and much more.

Internet Philosopher
A tutorial on Internet information skills for philosophy that covers the key information skills to help with coursework, literature searching, teaching or research, with links to internet resources.

Philosophy Around the Web
This site is a gateway to philosophy resources on the Internet. A guide provides access to Universities' philosophy pages, institutions, journals, individual philosophers, events and much more.

Rutgers University Libraries Guide to Philosophy Resources
This site provides links to electronic texts, journals, departments, archives, online catalogues, bibliographies and other philosophy resources.

The Window: Philosophy on the Internet
This site includes biographies of over 50 philosophers, a comprehensive list of the best philosophy sites on the Internet and an on-line search facility.

View a large list of further philosophy web resources by subject.

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Cardiff University's Electronic Subscription Databases for the Humanities

Cardiff University subscribes to a number of 'finding tools' to help you locate quality literature in your field. Some databases require your Cardiff University network username and password for off-campus access. These databases are available for all staff and students of Cardiff University. Please ask in the Arts & Social Studies Library if you need advice on using them.


Many Philosophy journals can also be accessed directly from Wiley Blackwell Online Library. Click on the Institutional Login link on the home page to gain access. Firstly, select your country then click Submit. Next type Cardiff University in the ‘Type the name of your organisation’ box and click Continue. Now input your Cardiff University network username and password for access. Cardiff University students and staff can then access our subscribed journals within the wider Wiley Blackwell site. Philosophy titles appear as a subcategory within Humanities.


British Humanities Index

British Humanities Index
Contains references relating to the humanities from articles in over 200 British journals and major newspapers from 1962 onwards. Subjects covered include:

  • the arts
  • music
  • philosophy
  • religion
  • literature
  • economics
  • history
  • politics
  • current affairs


Index to Theses

The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716. It includes bibliographic listings for content for 1950-1986, and abstracts for content since 1986. There are 2 ways to access this database:

1. Access via Proquest Dissertations & Theses 

2. Access via Index to Theses

Off-campus use of this database via either route will require your Cardiff University username and password.



An archive of electronic journals which currently provides access to more than 200 scholarly titles in over 20 disciplines in the Arts and Sciences. Journals are archived, where possible, back to the first issue, though the most recent years are excluded.

The whole database can be searched by keyword and author, and the articles retrieved can be downloaded and printed.



Includes over 14,000 scholarly journals in scientific, medical, technical, and social science disciplines. Coverage goes back selectively to 1966.


Web of Knowledge

Web of Science
This service provides access to the Web of Science databases:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index

Covers over 8,500 scholarly research journals, including author abstracts, from 1981 to the present. Searchable by keyword or by works that have been cited by other publications.

Also includes the ISI Journal Citation Reports for the Sciences and Social Sciences. To access the Reports, login to Web of Science and select the ISI Journal Citation Reports option from the home page. These provide easy access to data so scholarly journals can be compared. Categories include highest impact and most frequently cited journals.



Zetoc - The British Library's Electronic Table of Contents Service
Contains contents information from approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published every year, across all academic disciplines. Covers the years from 1993 to the present. Updated daily.

You can also set up an alerting service that will email you the contents of new issues of your favourite journals. See the Alert Guide for more information.


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