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Philosophy: Databases


Using databases makes it easier to search for content on a particular subject. Some databases will have full-text access to resources while others offer abstracting or indexing services, or give an overview of a field of enquiry. Oxford's subscription databases can be accessed through SOLO or Databases A-Z. If you are new to SOLO we recommend visiting the 'How to' guides at the link below.

The page below showcases popular databases used for the study of philosophy. It is recommended that you engage with databases relevant to your subject so that you become familiar with the different features offered. Such features include:

  • Thesauri.
  • Bibliographies.
  • Sophisticated searching, including Boolean operators, filters, wildcards, truncation, fuzzy searches, proximity searches and command line searches.
  • Citation tools and bibliometrics.


Oxford subscribes to a large number of bibliographic databases and these can be found in Database A-Z . Alternatively, click on the links below:

Database recommendations

If there is an eresource useful to your work that Oxford does not subscribe to, you can make a recommendation by completing the form below (Single-Sign On required).

Oxford Bibliographies

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Why not watch a video form the Take a Tour pages to see Oxford Bibliographies in action or take a look at our PDF below to find out how to use this resource.

Past Masters

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Find a guide on how to use Past Masters here:

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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Information on searching the SEP effectively is available at: