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Philosopher's Index: Sample Searches

A guide to all aspects of Philosopher's Index including content, searching, and viewing results on the new ProQuest platform.

Search Philosopher's Index

Links to Philosopher's Index

Please note that the links below will only work if you are authenticated to Philosopher's Index. For alternative methods of authentication and links to Philospher's Index please see the documents in the Additional Materials page.

Sample Searches

Basic Search

You need to write a paper on medical ethics.

  • Type "medical ethics" into the Basic Search box or use the widget on the left.  

Note: The widget will only work if you are already authenticated to your organization’s Philosopher's Index account. If it does not work, please login through your organization’s library to access Philosopher's Index directly. If you have questions about accessing your ProQuest databases, please contact your local librarian.

  • Based on the large amount of results that are retrieved, it is a good idea to refine your results using the Narrow results by feature.
  • As we want the records to be peer-reviewed, from the Narrow results by and the Peer reviewed limit, select Peer reviewed.
  • Also from the Narrow results by, go to the Publication date limit and drag the first gray handle over toward the right side of the bar chart to limit your search to more recent items. Drag the handle over to search on items published from 2010 – 2019 and click update.
  • Go to the top of the results page to the Sort results by pull-down menu (just above the Narrow results by) and resort your items by Most recent first and click Sort.
  • To begin reviewing your results, click the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details, select the Abstract/Detail link under each record to view the full record.
  • Mark any records that interest you to save, print, email, cite, export, save to your My Research account, or to view selected items later.


Advanced Search

You want articles about political philosophy and political theory published in a journal called History of European ideas.

  • From the Advanced Search page, click the drop down menu for the first row and select Subject heading (all). Click Look up subjects, select Begins with, then enter the term political and click on Find. In the list of terms, select both political philosophy and political theory. Make sure OR is selected for the option Combine terms with. Click on Add to Search.
  • On the second row, click the drop down menu and select Publication title. Click Look up Publications, then enter the publication name History of European ideas. Select the publication name and click Add to search.
  • Click Search,
  • From the top of the results page (under the search box) click Save search/alert, then select Create alert to receive an email when new results are loaded into Philosopher's Index that meet your search criteria.
  • Enter your email address, choose the email format, and schedule your alert based on when you would like to receive an email of your results and how long you would like the alert to last.
  • Click create alert.