Find articles by title
If you are looking for a specific article, and you already have some basic information about it, use the library's Journal Finder to get access to an electronic copy.
The Journal Finder is the fastest way to find and access articles you find references to on the web or in other publications. To locate an article you'll need the title, the name of the journal, and the date of publication.
Find articles in journal databases
Research databases make it possible to search for articles by subject keyword, title, author, and other identifying features. The databases listed below are among the most useful for traditional "core" areas of philosophy. For more specialized databases, see Resources by Subfield.
A full list of databases available through the library can be found in the Databases A-Z list.
Some databases entries will contain a link to the full text. For others, click to see options for accessing the article.
General Databases for Philosophy
Provides indexing and abstracts to the scholarly literature in philosophy. Includes citations to journal articles, books, book chapters, and contributions to anthologies. International and interdisciplinary in scope; coverage is from 1940 to the present.
PhilPapers: Philosophical Research Online
Offers indexing of the research literature in philosophy, including citations to journal articles, books, and materials in open-access archives. Includes unique features such as real-time indexing of pre-prints, fine-grained classification by topic, email alerts, reading lists, and discussion forums.
Philosophy Documentation Center Collection
Provides full text access to 110 scholarly philosophy journals and indexing information for 100 more. All content can also be found through the PhilPapers database when used on campus.
Indexes French-language academic journals in the humanities and social sciences. Villanova researchers have full text access to the current content of humanities journals. Offers open access to its archive. Supported by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Centre National du Livre.
International Philosophical Bibliography (Peeters)
Indexes academic journals, books, and book reviews in philosophy. Covers publications in the major European languages as well as classical Greek and Latin. Coverage extends back to the early 20th century. Use the International Philosophical Bibliography Retrospective file for pre-1997 publications.
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Scholar search tips
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.
Provides full-text access to books and journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Arts & Humanities Citation Index - Web of Science (Clarivate)
Indexes core journals in the arts and humanities. Includes citing and cited references for each article. Search fields include article title word, journal title, author, cited author or reference, address word (i.e., author's institution), and funding agency. Coverage goes back to 1991.