Western Philosophy


Start with CLIO to find books and journals in Columbia University library collections.  (Use the Pegasus catalog to find books and journals in the Law Library collection.)

Then try WorldCat, the largest online public access catalog in the world, with over 40 million book and journal records.

To find dissertations produced at universities in the United States and Canada, use Proquest Digital Dissertations.  Coverage is from 1861 to the present, with full-text available for dissertations submitted after 1997.  For European dissertations, use WorldCat Dissertations.

Reference: dictionaries, encyclopedias, & other sources of information

General Sources

Specialized Sources

Indexing & Abstracting Databases

Start with:

Other databases worth consulting include:

To learn more about classes that will teach you how to use these databases, or any of the other resources listed in this guide, please contact Meredith Levin.

Full-Text Book & Journal Collections

    Provides full-text content from core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.  Coverage is from the earliest issues of a journal to within approximately 5 years of current publication.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online - Philosophy
    Makes available selected classic as well as newly published Oxford University Press books in philosophy.
  • Past Masters
    Includes collections of works (some in the original language) by key philosophers such Aquinas, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, Locke, Mill, Nietzsche, Plato, Rousseau, Spinoza, and others.
  • Poiesis
    Contains full-text articles from nearly fifty participating philosophy journals.
  • Periodicals Archive Online
    Similar to JSTOR, but with more European content.  Coverage is up to 1995.