What Online Resources do our Project Vox Researchers Use?
Jane Harwell, Project Manager
Many of the women philosophers featured on Project Vox’s site use poetry to convey their philosophic ideas, including but not limited to Margaret Cavendish and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. I use many resources available for free online in my personal study of poetry. , or ECPA, is a digital collection of poetry. The site itself features annotation tools, allowing the user to easily identify poetic meter and rhythm as well as quickly search the Oxford English Dictionary for words within the text. is a tool created for users to practice identifying stressed and unstressed words in a poem; I love sharpening my skills on that site.
Dana Hogan, Lead Researcher
Biographical publications are good places to start when searching for images of women philosophers; not all of these portraits will be true images of the historical figure, but they are valuable nonetheless as representations of cultural conceptions of the figure specific to a time and place. A resource commonly used by art historians is a searchable database of images for educational and scholarly use.
Yasemin Altun, Lead Image Researcher
When doing images research on our previous philosophers, I have found it useful to check databases like if I am looking for specific high-resolution images that are not available directly from a museum or other holding institutions (always check with them first!). For locating a reputable source of a more obscure image you’ve come across online, or Google images both have a reverse image search feature that allows you to paste an image file and generate other websites where this image appears. Using the “captions” field on is another great hack to locate more obscure images. has really handy biographic, dictionary-like entries pulled from Benezit. The likewise provides profiles on art historians whose work may have involved representations of early modern philosophers. For French art, and are pretty comprehensive databases of art in French national collections. Keep in mind that certain databases require personal or institutional subscriptions to access full versions/features.
Alyssa Granacki, Researcher
For readers and teachers of Italian, is an amazing site. In addition to a dictionary, encyclopedia, and teaching resources, it offers over 30,000 biographical entries on famous Italians, including a number women writers and philosophers. It’s always my starting point for learning more about Italian texts or figures. I also like the site, which provides a wide variety of resources in both English and German!
- For your further convenience, here is Duke Library’s to “Freely Available Databases and Search Tools,” created by of Duke Libraries.
- The is an always openly accessible library of digitized and digital content, from books to datasets to web pages.
- provides access to digitized books for member institutions as well as guests.
- provides access to high-resolution digitizations of maps, manuscripts, and more on their digital collections page.
- is a popular database of over a thousand philosophical entries of journal–article quality, maintained by Edward Zalta (Stanford).
- includes thousands of philosophical texts, videos, and films, and continually updates with news on newly accessible content.
- produces introductory videos to many philosophers and concepts via YouTube, including ones on Émilie Du Châtelet.
- publishes introductory entries on philosophers across time periods and geographical regions, including ones typically neglected by mainstream Anglophone classrooms.
- offers short entries and bibliographies of works by women philosophers of 18th century Germany.
- hosts an extensive number of podcasts that cover both mainstream and non-mainstream topics in philosophy.
- is an open-access philosophy journal founded by Stephen Darwall (Yale) and J. David Velleman (NYU).
- is a series of short interviews by undergraduate, masters and doctoral students curious about these women thinkers with those researching women philosophers of the past.
- features short introductions about women philosophers of the past. These intros are also easily incorporated into courses and lessons plans.
- contains videos in Portuguese with information about Brazilian women philosophers.
- is an open-source bibliography that aims to pool a collection of resources in one space. The bibliography is currently focused on women philosophers of the early modern period in the European tradition.
- has a database of its portraits available for viewing online.
- has a database of its artworks available for viewing online.
- is another resource by The Metropolitan Museum of Art but with fully digitized art history books.
- allows viewings of many artworks by and related to Anna Maria van Schurman, our upcoming figure. The website is in Dutch.
- is a collaboration of more than 300 art historians, archaeologists, curators and academics who want to make the highest-quality art history resources freely available to a global audience.
- by The Metropolitan Museum of Art Heilbrunn hosts a catalog of essays and works of art as well as a chronology.
- : As many of you already know, we offer in-depth entries on early modern women philosophers, with introductions to their life and works, and resources for research and teaching such as bibliographies and correspondence guides.
- : We also maintain an interactive visual timeline of early modern history of philosophy. It includes major biographical and philosophical events, and seeks to contextualize the lives and works of women philosophers among their more traditionally renowned contemporaries.
- Videos (& ): We partnered with to create introductory videos to Émilie Du Châtelet, narrated by (Duke).
- : We populated our Zotero library, an open-access digital bibliography, with citations for sources we used for our own research and of interest to our audience.
- Translations and Transcriptions:
- Du Châtelet’s transcription
- Du Châtelet’s translation
- Du Châtelet’s translation