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College of Liberal Arts, Department of Philosophy


Philosopher's Index  — This is the major index of scholarly journals, books, and book reviews in the many fields of philosophy, including aesthetics, axiology, philosophy of education, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, logic, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, metaphilosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of science, social philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. This database is included in Discovery.

Religion & Philosophy Collection  — This collection includes nearly 300 full-text journals, with more than 250 peer-reviewed titles, covering topics in spiritual, ethical, philosophical, cultural, and historical aspects of the world's major denominations and religions. This database is included in Discovery.

Arts & Humanities (ProQuest) — Includes hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.

Discovery — an EBSCO service allowing you to search multiple databases and the library catalog simultaneously. Many, but not all philosophy databases are included here. This service is made available to us through GALILEO, Georgia Library Learning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Research Library  — a general database providing access to scholarly journals and general magazines, many of which are available in full text. This database is not included in Discovery.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text  — The database offers full-text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Also available through this link is the option using the Advanced Search (selecting school name/code) to include and/or limit to doctoral dissertations and/or master’s theses produced by students at the Atlanta campus of Mercer University. This database is not included in Discovery.

JSTOR — This database provides access to complete back files of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences with coverage back to 1890. NOTE: JSTOR is primarily useful for locating older articles. This is due to an agreement with publishers where JSTOR typically does not provide full text coverage for the most recent 2 to 5 years, in exchange for complete archival access.

ARTstor Digital Library — This resource provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. This guide provides instructions on navigating ARTstor. This curriculum guide on Introduction to Philosophy was compiled by faculty members and experts around the country. This database is included in Discovery.

Oxford English Dictionary Online — The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Web of Science (Web of Knowledge/Thomson Reuters) — Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. This database is not included in Discovery.

Other Resources


Search the library catalog to find books available in the Mercer University Library. Before  getting the item from the shelves, please check the "location" column to be sure it is at your library. If the item you need is at another location, view this guide on how to request it. Items not available in the University Library may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Philosophy books include these Library of Congress classification numbers:
B Philosophy (General)
BC Logic
BD Speculative philosophy
BH Aesthetics
BJ Ethics

See what's new in your subject area by viewing New Acquisitions.  If you don't see a title in the list or in the online catalog, suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase.


Several philosophy journals are available in the Library catalog, including titles no longer published or to which the library no longer subscribes. Many more journals are available through online databases. Search by journal title or browse by subject in the Full Text Electronic Journal List. There is a broad subject heading for "Religion & Philosophy" that may be further refined using the tools on the left of the results page.

Reference Sources in the Tarver Library

Encyclopedia of Philosophy Reference, B 51 .E53 2006 (10 vols)
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas Reference, CB 9 .N49 2005 (6 vols)

Professional organizations

American Philosophical Association (APA) 
Center for the Study of the Great Ideas 
American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) 
Society for Women in Philosophy