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Then notice the books that the articles are from. For example, the article on Happiness from the Gale Encyclopedia of Philosophy will cover ideas that are different from the article on Happiness from American Governance.
In the larger databases (Gale Databases and EBSCOhost as well as the library catalog and Google Scholar), try combining terms or using synonyms for happiness:
Read background information
One of the best places to start a research project is with overview articles from specialized encyclopedias. That's what is in the Gale eBooks database.
If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.
Trying to find happiness is the search of a lifetime, and in this multi-segment ABC News program, a diverse cross-section of experts shares insights into the psychological and physiological constituents of happiness; the effects of genes, life circumstances, and intentional activities on happiness; where on Earth the most—and least—happiness is said to exist.
It wasn’t that long ago psychologists were far more focused on what made their patients depressed, rather than what made them happy. But, in a relatively new and evolving field of research, positive psychology is changing all that.
Find additional relevant films by entering "happiness" or other search terms in our Films on Demand database:
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Search 22 databases simultaneously that cover almost any topic you need to research at MJC. EBSCO databases include articles previously published in journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and other media outlets.
Search over 35 databases simultaneously that cover almost any topic you need to research at MJC. Gale databases include articles previously published in journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and other media outlets.
Using & Finding Books
Why Use Books:
Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. You can also use books to find primary sources, which are often published together in collections.
Where Do I Find Books?
You'll use the library catalog to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more.
Use this guide to become a more skillful researcher. Learn how to develop research questions, choose credible sources, evaluate your sources, cite them correctly, and avoid plagiarism
How to get more help from the library
Sample topics and articles
Refining your topic
As you refine your topic, you'll want to search by more specific terms that just "happiness." Below are some ways to study happiness with suggested search terms and a link to a sample article from the MJC databases to get you started.
Search Terms: gratitude and happiness, thankfulness and happiness