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Philosophy: Articles

Help finding resources for your research.

Scholarly Databases

Try these databases first to find scholarly articles in Philosophy.

Other Useful Databases

Depending on your topic, you may find some of these databases useful.


Recent Articles from Journal of Philosophical Logic

Publishes papers that utilize formal methods or that deal with topics in logical theory, such as: contributions to branches of logical theory directly related to philosophical concerns; contributions to philosophical discussions that utilize the machinery of formal logic; discussions of philosophical issues relating tothe logical structure of language; philosophical work relating to specific sciences.

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Finding Articles

You don't use TOPCAT to find articles.

  • The search for articles starts with an index, which you search using keywords.
  •  The index is an online database providing descriptions of articles (citations).
  • Follow links from citations to articles.
  • Some indexes have no links to full text, and you'll need to search TOPCAT or E-Journals A-Z for the journal, then look for the volume/issue/date provided in the index.

The Finding Articles tutorial explains the process in more detail.


Troubleshooting Searches

Too few articles:

  • Check for typos and spelling. Consider using both American and British spellings (eg. behaviour or behavior).
  • Remove long phrases.
  • Make sure you're using a database that is likely to include information on your topic.
  • Try using other synonyms and alternate words joined by the Boolean Operator 'OR' (e.g. aboriginal or indigenous or First Nations).
  • Check your Boolean logic.  Are you using 'AND' when you should be using 'OR'?
  • If you have found at least one good article, look at the references of this article to find other related articles OR use the 'Find citing' or 'Find related' buttons when available in the databases.

Too many articles:

  • Add another concept to your searching using the Boolean operator 'AND'.
  • Add Limits (e.g. Peer Reviewed, Date of Publication, Language, Publication Type, etc.).
  • Check your Boolean logic. Are you using 'OR' when you should be using 'AND'?
  • When Keyword searching, try searching just in the Title field. This is not recommended for all searches, as you will eliminate relevant articles that don't have those keywords in the title, but it will likely find a few articles to get you started.
  • If you're searching in a database that covers all subjects (e.g. Academic Search Elite, Web of Knowledge), look for a database that is subject specific.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a system that allows you to request material from other libraries to be sent to Trent for you to borrow. Normally, there are no costs to use the ILL service. Plan ahead because it can take a few days or even weeks for material to be sent, depending upon availability.

Visit the RACER (ILL) page for more information.