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Brief Guide to Research for Philosophy: Databases


There is a large variety of databases, e-texts, and indexes for Philosophy research. Some indexes only contain citations; others contain citations and abstracts. Databases may contain citations and abstracts, and full-text.

The most important resources are listed here:


  • The Philosopher's Index: Accessible to University at Albany users only. Produced by Philosopher's Information Center, the database contains over 213,000 bibliographic citations with author abstracts in the fifteen fields of philosophy. It covers over 480 journals from 38 countries in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French. Coverage is from 1940 -- present.
  • Past Masters: Accessible to University at Albany users only. This is a full-text database of 11 philosophers' works in authoritative editions in both the original language and English translations.

  • to access additional Databases important for research in Philosophy select "Philosophy" for "Key Resources" after clicking here. More resources can be found by clicking on the "Show all" link directly under the "Key Resources for Philosophy" page.