Answered By: Celita Ávila
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2019     Views: 53


The easiest way to find books and ebooks that you may use is through the library's online Discovery system, linked on our home page. Be sure to do a Subject search for happiness to get items that are really on that subject. If you do a Keyword search your results will also include entries with the word happiness in the title or in a contents note for an entry. Here's a subject search that I did in Discovery for happiness

If you also want to find other types of resources on happiness you should browse resources organized under the Use a specific database link on the library's home page. 

1. For definitions of happiness try Reference Sources. Search for happiness (or try happiness and philosophy) in Credo Reference or Oxford Reference Online. If you search for happiness or other words related to happiness such as contentment, in The Oxford English Dictionary you will find definitions, the history of words, originating language(s), when words first appeared in English and how the usage has changed through the centuries. Another database we use a lot is Gale Virtual Reference Library. Here's a sample search:



2. For scholarly articles in journals search in Academic OneFile, Academic Search Complete, or JSTOR. Just search for happiness (or, again, happiness and philosophy). You may also want to click on the check box for Full Text and for Scholarly or Peer Reviewed, to limit your search results to those items that from scholarly sources and that are online for ready access. JSTOR is all full text from scholarly journals, so JSTOR has no check box for full text and no magazines. 

We also have an article databases just for Religion & Philosophy and Psychology. Here's a sample search in Religion & Philosophy database showing how to limit to full-text articles and academic (scholarly) publications:

Remember, all the online databases will provide citations for each entry or article. Just look for the citation tool.

Good luck with your research. Thank you for using our Ask a Librarian service.