In this paper we look at three important resources for philosophy: the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, an online encyclopaedia of philosophy, Google Scholar, a search-engine for academic literature, and the PhilPapers project, a site that allows one to keep track of new publications. We will be examining why exactly they are so essential for academic philosophy, and what factors contributed to their success.
We begin by briefly explaining what made us choose these three resources, and by pointing out the limits of the approach taken in this paper. Then we will give a short introduction to each of the projects, in which we explain what they are. Following this we have a look at their common, and possible use by philosophers. Finally we will get to the gist of the matter and explain why these resources are, and have become, essential.