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Philosophy: Resources for researchers

This guide gives an overview of useful:

  • Starting points for philosophical research
  • General research tools
  • Ways to make your research open access
  • Training for graduate students

Libraries

There are more than 100 libraries across the University. You may use and borrow from most of these.

During vacations you may also use other University libraries through the SCONUL access scheme.

Tools for researchers

Reference Management tools

File Syncing Programs

Read-later and archiving

Notetaking & writing

Journal content alerts

RSS feed readers

There is also a guide to more research tools.

Welcome to the guide for philosophy researchers at the University of Cambridge. Here you'll find links to a whole range of useful services and resources for your research. You may also find this how to conduct a literature review guide useful.

Finding books and journals 
iDiscover is a resource discovery tool that finds books,  ejournals, ebooks and other eresources. More information on philosophy collections and making book requests is available here.

Finding Philosophy eresources
Links to useful and popular philosophy databases to find articles, papers and other eresources.

Finding theses and dissertations
Links to databases for UK and international dissertations. MPhil theses and extended essays are also available at the Issue desk to consult in the library.

Finding special collections
Search engine for the University of Cambridge archives. The Directory of HPS-related special collections also lists the locations of papers of a number of philosophers.

How to reference
Guide to referencing and citation tools.

How to keep up to date with new publications
Tools such as alerts and RSS feeds.

Accepted for publication?

Upload your manuscript to Symplectic Elements to make it open access and eligible for the next REF!

Symplectic elements

upload fileUpload my paper

The Open Access team will check funder and journal policies and advise on how to comply with funder requirements.

Training for graduate students

There is plenty of training and support available for researchers at the university. The following links will help you find the courses available:

Useful websites for researchers