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Positive Psychology Resources: Positive Psychology Information Resources

Positive psychology is "the study of the processes and conditions that contribute to optimal functioning and flourishing in human beings... positive experiences, positive traits, positive communities...positive emotions." (ENCY OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY)

Books Available in Darling Library (West Campus)


To search for journal titles, visit the home page and select the Journal Titles tab. Type positive psychology. If you get no results, under title>Search type, select Match all words:

Positive Psychology Journals:

Applied Psychology: Full text available 1997-present

International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology: Full text available 2016-present

Journal of Happiness Studies: Full text available 2000-present

Psychology of Well Being: Full text available 2011-2016

Web Sites

Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania

"The Positive Psychology Center promotes research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology."  (from the website)

Authentic Happiness

Authentic Happiness is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology.

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (Stanford University)

American Psychological Association


Streaming video:

Available through a database search under the subject of psychology or Streaming Video from the Articles and Databases tab from the home page. is your best bet along with AVON/Alexander Street and Films on Demand:



You can also search in the catalog under Books and Media and eVideo under format:

Note, some streaming video databases require a second login. As such the View button does not always connect properly:

Pay attention to the author and distributor if it does not allow you to connect or view videos right away or if it attempts to connect you to the database, notice the name and then search directly through that database rather than the catalog:

DVD/Hard copies:

Not all videos are available streaming. DVDs and hard copies of videos are also available in Marshburn Library. To view under this format, select DVD. DVDs are available to watch in Marshburn study rooms 108 or 110 or on personal players. Below is a list of examples.

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Journal Articles

Search for recent journal articles in our psychology databases like PsycInfo, PsycArticles, Sage Research, Wiley or Science Direct. All of these can be found in the psychology list of databases from the psychology subject found on the home page under Articles and Databases:


Always make good keyword pairings to start. Here are some examples:

positive psychology and adults or adult not child or children and workplace

positive psychology and child or children and school reinforcement

positive psychology and methods or practices and treatment and ptsd or post traumatic stress disorder

Always select peer-reviewed, and update the publication date to be current. These are available in advanced search settings or limiters, usually on the left hand side: