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Philosophy Databases
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Indexes to Journals and Books:

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.

Bioethics Research Library (Georgetown University) Remote access available
Provides interdisciplinary coverage of ethical issues related to health care, biomedical research, biotechnology, and the environment. Includes ETHXWeb with citations to literature on bioethics and professional ethics; GenETHX with citations to literature on ethics and public policy issues in genetics; Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics with citations to literature on Islamic medical and scientific ethics covering attitudes and practices on ethical issues within the Muslim world; International Bioethics Organizations with information on the resources and programs of organizations focusing primarily on ethics in medicine and scientific research; Syllabus Exchange with descriptions of bioethics syllabi for semester-length classes, seminars, and continuing education courses from high school through graduate education; and Thesaurus for Bioethics which lists the keywords used to index the bioethics literature.


Online Video:

Philosophy and Religious Studies in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
A collection of documentaries, debates, personal interviews, biographies, and other primary sources that explores philosophical and religious thought from the Ancient Greeks to American Pragmatism and how it shapes human behavior today, covering a broad range of perspectives that overlaps history, anthropology, current affairs, international relations, and more. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.


Online Encyclopedias and Books: General Works - Ethics


General Works:

Encyclopedia of Philosophy (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Ten volumes. (See database page for description)

Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Features comprehensive entries on major philosophers, including non-Western and Continental philosophy, as well as extensive coverage of rapidly developing fields such as applied ethics and the philosophy of mind.

Magill on Literature Plus (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Combining MagillOnLiterature and MagillOnAuthors, this database provides the full text of Magill's World Philosophers and Their Works and other reference books containing editorially reviewed critical analyses, brief plot summaries, and extended character profiles, covering works by more than 8,500 long and short fiction writers, poets, dramatists, essayists, and philosophers. Also contains over 6,500 biographical essays on more than 3,500 different authors, more than 1,000 images, a glossary of 1,310 literary terms, and 376 genre-driven overview essays providing details about important literary genres, time periods, and national literatures.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive, multidisciplinary work that provides diverse, cross-cultural perspectives from thinkers around the globe on the main ideas and movements of human concern, ranging from ideas created by humanity several millennia ago to contemporary concepts, in order to make the often complex history of "what we think" accessible to readers. Its chronological scope permits examination of the timeless questions about the individual and society over centuries of development, focusing not only on the ideas themselves but also on the cultural environments within which those ideas arose, on the transformations and intermingling of the ideas, and on the ideas' influences, far in time or place, from their site of origin. Covers such topics as animism, communication, deconstruction, physics, postmodernism, race theory, sexual harassment, untouchability, and more.

ebrary (ebrary) Remote access available Full text available
Currently offers over 100,000 full-text books, sheet music titles, maps, reports, and other authoritative documents from more than 180 leading academic, trade, and professional publishers. The collections are particularly strong in business, economics, education, computers, technology, science, medicine, history, language, literature, humanities, politics, and social sciences. Publishers include The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Penguin Classics, Taylor & Francis, Yale University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Greenwood, and more (more information).


Ethics: (See also: Business Ethics)

Encyclopedia of Bioethics (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Science in Dispute (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
vol. 01, vol. 02, vol. 03. Explores controversial topics in science and technology by featuring essays - both pro and con - on the major theories, ethical questions and commercial applications of science from all disciplines. 3 volumes.


Also of Interest:

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
For each of the five major periods (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece & Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Europe, and the Baroque & Enlightenment), it discusses architecture & design, dance, fashion, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater, and visual arts, profiling milestones, movements, masterworks, and schools of thought in relation to each other, as well as to history and culture. Includes an overview of each period with a chronology of major world events and biographical profiles of pioneers, masters, and other prominent figures in the field.


Database descriptions are adapted from each database's website.




NOVEL Database NOVEL (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) is a statewide virtual library provided free to the public by the New York State Library. It is currently a pilot project funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to the NY State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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