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Databases & Full Text Collections

Archive of Research in Archetypal Symbolism
This is an encyclopedic collection of 17,000 alchemical images and corresponding study sheets that draw on East-West traditions from 50,000 BCE to 2,000 CE .  Selected subjects of special interest for the CIIS community include: psychology, anthropology, archaeology, expressive arts, drama therapy, somatics, archaeomythology, mythology, theology, thealogy, spirituality, religion, philosophy, ecology, and cosmology.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (EBSCO)
Bibliography of Asian Studies™ (BAS) contains nearly 900,000 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. The most important 100+ periodicals in Asian Studies or on Asia as identified by the BAS staff are indexed as soon as they are published for immediate inclusion in BAS. Selected Asia-related citations from many other journals are also included when applicable. In addition, various special projects have contributed substantial numbers of additional records to the database (among them journals on Southeast Asia dating as far back as 1779). BAS also includes citations to Western-language chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, Festschriften, and more.

Humanities International Complete (EBSCO)
Provides full text of journals, books and other published sources from around the world, including all data from Humanities International Index (indexing and abstracts for more than 2,200 journals and 3.2 million records) plus full text for more than 1,200 journals.

Internet Sacred Text Archive
This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, in some cases, in the original language.

Oxford Scholarship Online: Philosophy (Oxford)
Main topics: General Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Moral Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, History of Philosophy and Feminist Philosophy.

Oxford Scholarship Online: Religion (Oxford)
Main topics: Biblical Studies, Theology, Religion and Literature, Early Christian Studies, Church History, Philosophy of Religion, History of Christianity, Religion and Society, Religion in the Ancient World, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and World Religions.

Paideia Project On–line: Archive
This resource includes more than 700 papers from the Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy (1998). Keyword search or browse the index of over 40 subjects.

All ProQuest Databases (ProQuest)
Search all ProQuest databases at once, some of which include full text articles.

ProQuest Religion Journals (ProQuest)
Full text journals covering religious issues and perspectives, including religious news and information, commentary on topics of general interest from the perspective of a particular religion, and formal theological studies.

Religion & Philosophy Collection (EBSCO)
Articles from over full text 300 journals, 250 of which are peer reviewed. Topics include world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Religion-Online (Internet)
This is a database of full-text resources designed "to assist professors, scholars and general 'seekers' who are interested in exploring religious issues," this site aims "to develop an extensive library of hundreds of entries, presenting many different points of view, but all written from the perspective of sound scholarship." There are over 1,100 articles and chapters in a variety of subject areas, such as Ethics, Comparative Religion, Worship, Religion Education, and History and Sociology of Religions. Searchable, or browse the author, book, and other indexes from the site map.


Encyclopedia Mythica
Mythology, folklore, mysticism, and more. Contains well over 4,000 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world. Some of the mythologies included are: Chinese, Etruscan, Greek, Latvian, Native American, Norse, Persian, and Roman.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A searchable database of basic philosophy information and definitions. Visitors to the site can search by keyword, click on a letter to browse subjects in the collection, or read a small library of philosophytexts in HTML format.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Philosophy professors at Stanford University are developing this encyclopedia, which is designed so that the authors of articles can update them as needed. Twelve editors and 120 scholars thus far have contributed to the encyclopedia, and the project's leader expects to have most entries completed within five years. Of almost 500 entries listed on the contents page, more than 80 have been completed and nearly 100 others have been assigned as of December, 1998.

Women Philosophers

Bibliography of Feminist Philosophers
This unique resource is a Feminist History of Philosophy Supplement from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. It expands feminist epistemology and philosophy unlike any other bibliography and gives voice to both men and women as knowers. The titles number in the hundreds and cover all major philosophers from antiquity to the present. To research any philosopher without consulting this world class site would be most unfortunate. Rating: 5 star. Citation information included. For further information, scroll down to the bottom for the link to, Feminist History of Philosophy.

Time Line: The Western Philosophical Tradition and Women Philosophers
Find a useful and hard to locate timeline of women philosophers. Website is organized into the following periods: 600 BCE-500 CE, Ancient Period (Greece and Rome); 500-1500 CE, Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment Period; 1600-1900 CE, Modern Period; 1900 CE, Present Period. Selected men and women philosophers are highlighted side by side in chronicle order. Although far from exhaustive, it is visually appealing and thumbnail sketches are both welcomed and informative. Web site was created by Karen J. Warren from Macalester College.

History of Western Women Philosophers Time Line: Western Science, Mathematics, Culture, and Art
This second timeline by Karen J. Warren is a companion to the, Time Line: The Western Philosophical Tradition and Women Philosophers website as it adds the art, cultural, and political contributions of both women and men. Periodization is: 3000 BCE-500 CE, Ancient Period (Greece and Rome); 500-1500 CE , Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment Period; 1600-1900 CE, Modern Period; 1900 CE, to the Present.

Notes on the Women Philosophers of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Dr. Peter Suber, former philosophy professor at Earlham College, is the creator of this on-line bibliography. Subject areas include, Histories, and Anthologies, plus a list of well researched works by selected Women Philosophers from, 1612 to 1847 CE. The History section includes the widely respected text, History of Women Philosophers, that includes one of the best philosophical chronologies of female contributions from 600 BCE to the present. Also, recommend scrolling down to bottom > Rationalism & Empiricism > Links > Other Philosophy Links, equaling a wealth of further information and links.
Created and maintained by Kate Lindemann Ph.D., professor emerita at Mount Saint Mary College. Provides brief biographical information on women philosophers from 2500 BCE - contemporary era worldwide.

General Web Resources

Beliefnet: Multifaith Information
This multifaith, independent site is focused on providing religious, spiritual, and moral information and inspiration from a spectrum of religious and spiritual beliefs. The site includes news, discussions, culture, prayer, links to sacred texts, pages for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and many other religions and spiritual beliefs. There are columns written by a wide variety of scholars, and a glossary of religion terms. The focus of this site is very ecumenical, with an emphasis on tolerance and an unbiased approach to the human spiritual experience.

Erratic Impact: The Philosophy Research Base
Categorized by history, subject and author, this meta-index integrates text resources with the best online resources. Based upon visitor participation, the Philosophy Research Base serves as both a study guide and a platform for a wide variety of community services for students and teachers in philosophy and related subjects.

Foucault Resources
A variety of resources relating to Michael Foucault. Includes articles, bibliographies, commentary on translations, photographs, links to the Foucault Studies journal, and more.

Hindu Studies
This collection of links from the Virtual Religion Index is divided into the following categories: general, the Vedas, Upanishads, epics, theology & devotion, schools & teachers, and yoga.

Mysticism Resources Page
Well organized collection of links to other sites, documents, discussions, etc. Categories include Asia, Middle East, modernity, Native America, prayer & meditation, spiritual formation, women's spiritualities, reviews, journals, and more.

Virtual Religion Index
A well organized, searchable site linking to documents and resources in many areas of religion. Includes American studies, ancient Near East, anthropology & sociology, art & archaeology, Biblical studies, Buddhist tradition, Christian tradition, comparative religion, confessional agencies, East Asia, ethics & moral values, Greco-Roman studies, Hindu studies, Islamic tradition, Judaic studies, philosophy & theology, and psychology of religion.

Women and Theology
From the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Provides a selective, annotated list of links to Internet resources related to
women in religion, feminist theology, and the feminine divine.

Selected Journals

American Philosophical Quarterly
CIIS print 1993+
Ancient Philosophy
CIIS print 1993+
Asian Philosophy
CIIS print 1991, 1993+; online 1991+
Contemporary Philosophy
CIIS print 1993+
Journal of Indian Philosophy
CIIS print 1993+; online 1997+
Journal of Philosophy
CIIS print 1993+
Journal of the History of Philosophy
CIIS print 1996+; online 1992+
Philosophical Review
CIIS print 1993+
Philosophy East and West
CIIS print 1955-1960, 1972+; online 1990+
Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association
CIIS print 1989-1991; 1994+
Teaching Philosophy
CIIS print 1996+


Buddhist-Christian Studies
CIIS print 1981-1989, 1991+; online 1998+
Feminist Theology
CIIS print 2004+; online 1997+
History of Religions
CIIS print 1992+; online 1993+
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
CIIS print 1981-1982, 1984-1990, 1993+; online 1975+
Journal of Contemporary Religion
CIIS print 1996+; online 1998+
Journal of Religion
CIIS print 1992+; online 1990+
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
CIIS print 1979+; online 2002+
CIIS print 1993+; online 2004+
Religion and American Culture
CIIS print 1996+; online 2001+
Religious Studies
CIIS print 1998+; online 1997+
Religious Studies Review
CIIS print 1984, 1987+
Sociology of Religion (Formerly: Sociological Analysis)
CIIS print 1996+; online 1993+
Theology Today
CIIS print 1996+; online 1988-2004

Bay Area Resources

Asian Art Museum Library (San Francisco)
CIIS students, staff, and faculty are invited to use the Library collections of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco for their research. Rich collections of texts and periodicals address religion and philosophy of Asian regions, as well as history, art history, and many other topics. Advance appointments with the Museum librarian are necessary.

Graduate Theological Union Library
The GTU Library is a private, academic library with a collection of religion and theology materials for scholarly research. GTU opens its Library to the public, and all materials are available for on-site use. Community members may purchase borrowing cards, or most materials found in the GTU Library may be requested via CIIS Library's Interlibrary Loan service.

UC Berkeley Collections
Description of UC Berkeley's philosophy & religion collections, which are largely housed in Doe/Moffitt Library. For access to the Doe/Moffitt stacks it is necessary to join the CA Alumni Association (you need not be a UCB alum) for $50 or purchase a library borrowing card for $100. Most materials found in the UC Berkeley Libraries may be requested via CIIS Library's Interlibrary Loan service.
UC Berkeley Philosophy Collection
UC Berkeley Religious Studies Collection

UC Berkeley East Asian Library
One of the most comprehensive collections of materials in East Asian Languages in the United States. The library has grown from 75,000 volumes at its founding in 1947 to more than ten times this number today. Currently it receives about 4,000 serial titles. Its combined holdings in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other East Asian languages form one of the top two such collections in the United States outside of the Library of Congress. Anyone may enter the Library and browse the collections. To borrow materials, a card is necessary. See above entry for details.

UC Berkeley South/Southeast Asia Library
Includes the reference collection, a small non-circulating collection of basic works on the South/Southeast Asia region, and a collection of high-use periodicals. Anyone may enter the Library and browse the collections. Information about campus locations of circulating S/SE Asia collections detailed on the web site.



American Philosophical Association (APA)
APA Committee on Women in Psychology
Association of Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST)
Radical Philosophy Association (RPA)
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP)
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)
Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP)
Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP)

Philosophy Organizations
Annotated links to philosophical organizations, philosophy societies, philosophy associations, and other philosophy related interest groups.


American Academy of Religion
American Oriental Society
Council on Spiritual Practices
International Association of Buddhist Studies
International Association of Sufism
North American Association for the Study of Religion
Religions for Peace

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