PSYC 20800 Positive Psychology

Principal Periodical Databases

PsycINFO -- This is the first place to start for most research in psychology. Created by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO contains more than 3 million citations and abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and other materials. The earliest citations date back to the nineteenth century, and the most recent are less than a month old. Almost all of the material you will find will be peer-reviewed.

In addition to PsycINFO, there are a few other databases you may find useful in your researc.
  • MEDLINE (EBSCO)  
    When your topic is medically related, MEDLINE can be a useful addition to PsycINFO as you do your research.
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
    When your topic involves sports or physiology, SPORTDiscus can be a useful addition to PsycINFO as you do your research.
  • Academic Search Premier and ProQuest Research Library
    These databases index both popular and scholarly materials in a variety of disciplines. 
  • JSTOR
    Covers journals in many disciplines, including psychology. Especially useful for older articles, since coverage of the journals goes back to volume one, whether that was 1887 or 1975. Recent coverage (one, three, or five years, depending on the journal) will not be available for most journals.

Subject Headings

Subject searching of the Online Catalog is based on Library of Congress Subject Headings. Use the Online Catalog to find books and materials other than journal articles. Please note that the subject headings used in PsycINFO may be different than the subject headings listed here.

Some terms make sense; some inconsistencies are strange.

There are too many subject headings to list, but those provided here should provide you a idea of what terms and phrases might be found. Most records in the catalog will have multiple subject headings. When you find one record that appears to be useful, look what other subject headings are listed.

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Empirical research

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