Library Resources

The Grand Valley State University Libraries offer a wide array of resources on topics related to mental health. The following list contains suggestions for library resources, although there are many more available through the GVSU Libraries.

Psychology Databases

Helpful for finding research on mental health issues.


Web of Science


ProQuest Psychology Journals

Search Terms for Catalog and Databases

Suggested terms when looking for items in the library catalog and databases.

Academic Success  College students, study skills
Anxiety  Generalized Anxiety Disorder, managing anxiety, causes
Career Development  Career pathways
Depression  managing, treating, causes
Eating Disorders  anorexia, bulimia, binge eating
Homosexuality  relationships, coming out, health
Multicultural  counseling, relationships, issues
Relationships  violence, healthy, maintaining
Sexual Trauma  child abuse, spousal, partner
Spirituality  relationships, mental health
Substance Abuse  12 steps, college, recovery

Library Catalog

Library of Congress Call Numbers for Library Books

BF1-990 Psychology
BF176-176.5 Psychological tests and testing
BF231-299 Sensation. Aesthesiology
BF309-499 Consciousness and Cognition
BF501-505 Motivation
BF511-593 Affection. Feeling. Emotion
BF608-635 Will. Volition. Choice. Control
BF692-692.5 Psychology of sex. Sexual behavior
BF697-697.5 Differential psychology. Individuality. Self
BF698-698.9 Personality
BF699-711 Genetic psychology
BF712-724.85 Developmental psychology

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Available for viewing and checkout to all GVSU students.

Common Mental Health Concerns

Keen, E., & Ebrary, I. (2002). Depression: Self-consciousness, Pretending, and Guilt. Westport, Conn: Praeger.

Ayres, B., Bristow, M., & ebrary, I. (2009). Anxiety in College Students. New York: Nova Biomedical Books.

Peters Mayer, D. (2008). Overcoming school anxiety: How to help your child deal with separation, tests, homework, bullies, math phobia, and other worries. New York: AMACOM, American Management Association.

Dubin, N. (2009). Asperger syndrome and anxiety: A guide to successful stress management. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Chansky, T. E. (2012). Freeing Yourself From Anxiety: Four Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life you Want. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Life Long.

Hofmann, S. G., & DiBartolo, P. M. (2010). Social Anxiety: Clinical, Developmental, and Social Perspectives. Amsterdam: Academic Press/Elsevier.

Weg, A. H., & Ebooks Corporation. (2011). OCD Treatment Through Storytelling: A Strategy for Successful Therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lundberg-Love, P. K., Nadal, K. L., Paludi, M. A., & Ebooks Corporation. (2012). Women and Mental Disorders. Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger.

Matthews, G., Zeidner, M., Roberts, R. D., & Ebooks Corporation. (2011). Emotional intelligence 101. New York: Springer Pub.


Dixon, T. (2004). How to Get a First: The Essential Guide to Academic Success. London: Routledge.

Sadler, D. R. (1999). Managing Your Academic Career: Strategies for Success. St. Leonards, N.S.W: Allen & Unwin.

Tufariello, A. H., & NetLibrary, I. (1997). Up Your Grades: Proven Strategies for Academic Success. Lincolnwood, Ill: VGM Career Horizons.

Connelly, J., Forsyth, P. B., & Ebooks Corporation. (2010). The Study Skills Guide: Essential Strategies for Smart Students. London: Kogan Page.

Phifer, P., & ebrary, I. (2009). College Majors & Careers: A Resource Guide for Effective Life Planning. New York NY: Ferguson.

Multicultural Identity

St. Jean, Y., Feagin, J. R., & NetLibrary, I. (1998). Double Burden: Black Women and Everyday Racism. Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe.

Potter, H. (2008). Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse. New York: New York University Press.

Covington Armstrong, S. (2009). Not all Black Girls Know how to eat: A Story of Bulimia. Chicago, Ill: Lawrence Hill Books.

LGBT Identity

Ristock, J. L., & ebrary, I. (2011). Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Lives. New York: Routledge.

Hammack, P. L., & Cohler, B. J. (2009). The Story of Sexual Identity: Narrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course. Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA.

Rumens, N., & Ebooks Corporation. (2011). Queer Company: The Role and Meaning of Friendship in Gay Men's Work Lives. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.


Raab, K. A., & ebrary, I. (2009). Creativity, Spirituality, and Mental Health: Exploring Connections. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pub. Ltd.

Jewell, A. (2003). Ageing, Spirituality and Well-Being. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Relationships & Parenting

Dutton, D. G. (2007). The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships. New York: Guilford Press.

Pruett, K. D., & Pruett, M. K. (2009). Partnership Parenting: How men and Women Parent Differently-- why it Helps Your Kids and can Strengthen Your Marriage. Philadelphia: Da Capo Lifelong.

Substance Use

Cleveland, H. H., Harris, K. S., Wiebe, R. P., & SpringerLink (Online service). (2010). Substance Abuse Recovery in College: Community Supported Abstinence. Boston, MA: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

B, H., & NetLibrary, I. (1996). Twelve Step Sponsorship: How it Works. Center City, Minn: Hazelden.

Roos, S., & NetLibrary, I. (1992). A Young Person's Guide to the Twelve Steps. Center City, Minn: Hazelden.

Franklin, K., King, L., & Ebooks Corporation. (2009). Addicted Like me: A Mother-Daughter Story of Substance Abuse and Recovery. Berkeley, Calif: Seal Press.

Eating Disorders

Fox, J. R. E., Goss, K., & Ebooks Corporation. (2012). Eating and its Disorders. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Lask, B., Frampton, I., & Ebooks Corporation. (2011). Eating Disorders and the Brain. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley Sons.

Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Clancy, S. A. (2010). The Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children--and its Aftermath. New York: Basic Books.

Brenner, I. (2009). Injured Men: Trauma, Healing, and the Masculine Self. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group.

Joseph, S., & Linley, P. A. (2008). Trauma, Recovery, and Growth: Positive Psychological Perspectives on Posttraumatic Stress. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Kendall-Tackett, K. (2004). Handbook of Women, Stress and Trauma. Hoboken: Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Krippner, S., Pitchford, D., Davies, J., & Ebooks Corporation. (2012). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Santa Barbara, Calif: Greenwood.

Schiraldi, G. R., & NetLibrary, I. (2000). The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth. Los Angeles, Calif: Lowell House.