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PSYCH 243: Intro to Well-Being and Positive Psych



Erin Burns   

Reference Librarian


Books and More

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries (Wikipedia for College) Good for Browsing and Background Information on topics

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Oxford Reference Online


Ready for Books?

Once you have your key concepts and keywords, you can use The CAT to find books on your topic.

Using the "Begins With (Browse)" search, you can search the CAT using book titles or authors' names. Authors' names should be entered "last name, first name" and titles should be entered without the initial article (the, a, an...). If the book you want is about the author, make sure you search the name as aSubject, not Author.

Examples:    Morton, J.   -OR-   english grammar for students of french

Don't have a title/author in mind? Instead of a "Keyword" Search, try using the "Topic: Title+Subject" search option with one or more keywords.

Try these first

Lion Search – one single search box that searches across all library resources for books, scholarly journals, e-books, newspapers, and more!

Articles and Databases

PsycINFOmore information icon

PubMedmore information icon (Medline)

ERIC -- Educational Resources Information Center more information icon [preferred PSU interface]. 

ERIC more information icon (U.S. Department of Education site; free) 

ProQuest Education Journals more information icon

Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography

Mental Measurements Yearbook more information icon

Social Science Citation Index more information icon(Web of Science)


Don't forget: Try These First if you want general popular interest magazines and newspapers or pro and con debate information.

Specific Journals

Journals can be found by using the E-JOURNAL tab in the search box on the Libraries' home page. The following are exellent examples of journals in the field.

American Journal of Psychology

British Journal of Psychology

History of Psychology

International Journal of Psychology

Journal of General Psychology

Journal of Psychology

Psychology Today


APA Citation Guide