The International Philosophical Bibliography / Répertoire bibliographique de la philosophie (IPB) has been published by the Institut Supérieur de Philosophie at the Université Catholique de Louvain since 1934 and remains a crucial tool for today’s philosophical research.
The bibliography is updated by specialists with privileged access to the content of many scholarly books and journals, notably through regular work with publishing houses. All the data is selected according to rigorous criteria and undergoes detailed checks to ensure it is both relevant and accurate.
Every year over 12,000 new references are added, including books, edited volumes, journal articles, contributions, and reviews. The IPB covers all fields of philosophy in almost 30 languages and is intended to complement other bibliographical tools, with a particular focus on the history of philosophy and continental philosophy.
Extensive search capabilities
Searches by historical period or major field of contemporary philosophy: metaphysics and ontology, logic, the theory of knowledge, the philosophy of science, language, mathematics, nature, mind and action (philosophical anthropology), ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of law, culture, art, religion, history and education.
Index searches: names of individuals (over 84,000 names of authors, publishers, translators, reviewers and collaborators), titles, subjects (people, works, key words), ISBN, languages, journals, publishers and series, date of publication, and document type (articles, books and reviews). These indexes can be used in combination (up to ten filters) for more detailed searches.
Searches of commentaries on over 3,000 works, including philosophical classics (“historical works”).
To manage search results
IPB online makes navigation easy through extensive cross-referencing, for example between volumes and the articles they contain, books and commentaries on them or publications and reviews.
Integrated DOIs (digital object identifiers) provide direct access to the text of an article or book if is available online. Users can also use the SFX button to find a book in a library near their own location.
IPB online enables users to manage search results by saving, sorting, printing or emailing them to a particular address.
At the Institute of Philosophy we use the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition for source citation. When you are logged in to Limo, you can consult the full Chicago Manual of Style Online, which contains very detailed guidelines. A short quick guide is available for free: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.
The Chicago Manual of Style contains both guidelines for the notes and bibliography system as well as for the author-year system.
NOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY SYSTEM
In the notes and bibliography system you use numbered notes (footnotes or endnotes or both) that correspond to numbers (in superscript) in the text. At the end of your text you add a bibliography. At the Institute of Philosophy we do not use endnotes, only footnotes.
The notes and bibliography system is normally used by researchers in the domain of literature and history. In the field of philosophy the notes and bibliography system is most often used in the continental tradition and in publications that refer to several historical sources. It is almost always applied when citing Ancient or Medieval authors, because the publication year of their works (which is crucial in the author-date system) is often not known and a reference to a publication year of a recent edition (e.g. Plato 2014) is strange.
An advantage of the notes and bibliography system is that it is flexible. In the footnote reference, the researcher can add comments to the cited source, which gives the researcher a large freedom to clarify his or her position with reference to the source. Moreover, it is easier to reference unusual information sources (e.g. email correspondence, a weblecture, a flyer) in footnotes.
Here you will find a summary of the Chicago Manual of Style Online with examples from philosophy. For complex cases of source citation, you should consult the Chicago Manual of Style Online through Limo: “14: Documentation I: Notes and Bibliography”.
In the author-date system you only insert a short reference in between brackets in your text: the author’s name, the year of publication, and, if necessary, the page number. The complete bibliographical reference is given at the end of the work, in the bibliography.
The author-date system is mostly used by researchers in biomedical, exact, behavioral, and social sciences. In the field of philosophy the author-date system is most often used in the Anglo-American tradition. It works best when the bibliography about the subject is very homogeneous and specialized (e.g., no mix of scientific and literary sources).
An advantage of the author-date system is that it is clear and saves space, and that you can immediately see, when reading the text, the publication date of the referenced work.
Here you will find a summary of the Chicago Manual of Style Online with examples from philosophy. For complex cases of source citation, you should consult the Chicago Manual of Style Online through Limo: “15: Documentation II: Author-Date References”.