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Philosophy: Journals & Databases


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The following databases are just a small number of available databases.


  • Project Muse 
    (offers approx. 700 full text titles from over 60 scholarly publishers covering literature, cultural studies, political science and more)

Dictionaries & Reference Books

  • Oxford Reference Online 
    (contains dictionaries, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press)
  • Philosopher's Index 
    (offers informative, author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in all areas of philosophy, going back to 1940)
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy 
    (provides full-texts, covering Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy)
  • Wiley Online 
    (provides full-texts of approximately 300 humanities and social science reference books published by Blackwell)

A full list of relevant databases for your subject area is available by clicking here.

What is?

A journal is an academic publication that is published regularly, which contains research by academics and researchers.

A database is an online collection of information such as journal articles, reports, case studies, ebooks and images which you can use in your studies. Some databases deal with one format (e.g. journal articles) or one subject while others deal with several subjects (known as multidisciplinary) and contain several formats.

An evaluation of professional or academic work by other experts working in the same field.

Open access is a publishing model for scholarly communication that makes research information available to readers at no cost, as opposed to the traditional subscription model in which readers have access to scholarly information by paying a subscription (usually via libraries).


MIRR is the college's Institutional Repository and is an example of what is available on open access. The repository contains research conducted by MIC lecturers and researchers.

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