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Philosophy—Library Resources: Databases

A guide to conducting philosophy research at Miami Dade College (MDC), including faculty resources, information about MDC’s philosophy collection, and links to Web-based resources.


  • Try different search fields
  • Use filters to limit searches
  • Use filters to refine results

Different databases may look different but they can all be used in similar ways. Go to a database’s Help function for instructions on search features. And remember: Don't reinvent the wheel! Search your article database for items from the bibliographies that occur at the end of journal articles or in books that you've already found on your topic.

Adapted from the UC Santa Cruz University Library research guide "Start Your Research." Used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license.

MDC Databases


Check out the following research databases to find high-quality, professor-approved sources or click here to find more databases.

ACADEMIC SEARCH COMPLETE, designed for academic institutions, is a leading resource for scholarly research. It supports high-level research in the key areas of academic study by providing journals, periodicals, reports, books and more. (EBSCO) Log on to Academic Search Complete with your borrower ID and PIN.

ACADEMIC ONEFILE is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles for academic libraries from the world's leading journals, this comprehensive resource covers the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and many other subjects. With millions of articles in both PDF and HTML full-text format and simultaneous, unlimited usage, researchers are able to find accurate, timely information quickly. (Gale) Log on to the Academic OneFile with your borrower ID and PIN.

HUMANITIES SOURCE is a valuable full-text database covering literary, scholarly and creative thought. It provides full text, indexing and abstracts for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. (EBSCO) Log on to Humanities Source with your borrower ID and PIN.

JSTOR provides access to more than 10 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. (JSTOR) Log on to JSTOR with your borrower ID and PIN.

OAISTER VIA FIRSTSEARCH is a union catalog of more than 19 million digital resources from over 1,000 organizations developed by the University of Michigan harvested using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting). (OCLC) Log on to OAIster via FirstSearch with your borrower ID and PIN.

OXFORD ART ONLINE is the gateway to Oxford’s art reference works, including the peer-reviewed, regularly updated Grove® Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Oxford Art Online includes over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture, as well as over 19,000 images of works of art, structures, plans, and artist signatures. (Oxford University Press) Log on to Oxford Art Online with your borrower ID and PIN.

SAGE is the world's 5th largest journals publisher. SAGE's portfolio includes more than 1000 journals spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, and Medicine, and more than 400 are published on behalf of learned societies and institutions. (SAGE Publishing) Log on to SAGE Journals with your borrower ID and PIN.

HUMANITIES FULL TEXT provides full text, abstracts and bibliographic indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as specialized magazines. (EBSCO) Log on to Humanities Full Text with your borrower ID and PIN.

THE SPRINGER E-JOURNAL COLLECTION includes more than 2.500 English-language and close to 200 German-language journals. Springer is also home to the largest portfolio of open access journals, including the journals from BioMed Central and the SpringerOpen portfolio. (Springer) Log on to the Springer eJournal Collection with your borrower ID and PIN.

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Citation Tools


In most databases, you can find MLA- and APA-formatted citations under headings like "Tools" and "Page Tools." Learn more about MLA citation and APA citation formats.

Avoiding Plagiarism


Learn more about plagiarism—including its more nuanced varities—by visiting the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) guide to Avoiding Plagiarism.

Borrower ID and PIN/Password

Follow these steps to access the research databases shown on this page.

  • Enter your current MDC student or employee number in the box labeled “Borrower ID”

  • Enter the last four digits of your current MDC student or employee number in the box labeled “PIN/Password”

This LibGuide was designed and created and is maintained by Michael Moore. User suggestions and comments are welcome.

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