The Philosopher's Index is the premiere bibliographic database covering worldwide research in all subject areas of philosophy. It contains works on philosophy from both philosophy and interdisciplinary sources. There are author-written abstracts for most records. The global database contains more than 680,000 records with source publications from 139 countries in 37 languages. The primary languages are English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Primary coverage spans from 1940 to present with additional records dating back to 1893.
Source document types are from both print and electronic publications and include anthologies, books/monographs, book reviews, dissertations, contributions to anthologies, and journal articles. Extensive indexing includes personal and proper names along with subject terms; there is also the capability to search for the authors of book reviews.
Major areas of coverage include: