Skip to Main Content

Philosophy and Religious Studies

PhilPapers and Cal Poly

Many philosophy faculty and students use PhilPapers.  The library (for a fee) now has an institutional account that allows Cal Poly users to link directly from PhilPapers results to licensed full text and ILL options via OneSearch. Now, when the full text for an item is not obviously available you can use the "Find It @ CalPoly" option.  

This works differently than 99% of our databases, so pertinent information and short videos are provided on this page.

Note: Anyone with a PhilPapers account prior to January 2024 will want to delete any previous proxy setup and now affiliate their profile specifically with the exact option, "California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo"

Note: Anyone without an account who wishes to access to these features from off-campus will need to create an account and affiliate their profile with "California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo" 

PhilPapers - how to link to full text and resources via Cal Poly and OneSearch


Go to PhilPapers as you normally would or use the library link, as both are the same. ( ). PhilPapers will automatically recognize Cal Poly options by IP Address.

When a search result record doesn't show any obvious pdf option or viable link to the full text, scroll down on PhilPapers to:


then click on Find it @ California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

This will route you via OneSearch where the item may be available full text in a database or you can request it via ILL.

Note: (DO NOT use the "sign in and customize your URL resolver" option)


To take advantage of this linking feature when off-campus, you will need to make an account.  If you already have an account, you will need to change your profile and pick California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  

The account setup is a bit longer than most account set ups, but it will be worth it.  The main thing is to affiliate yourself with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and you will be set.  Warning: you will encounter many options to configure your own proxy user or Open URL resolver. You should not do this - affiliating with Cal Poly will provide the correct settings. Another warning: if you see the option, "Pick the same proxy as other users from your University" - do not do this - as some users may not have updated their settings and so these will not work.