Welcome to “From the Deck of . . .” an irregular series in which we highlight search demos and other information from the slide decks we create for our live training sessions. You can view and download these materials from the PsycINFO SlideShare account.
At the recent American Library Association Midwinter conference, APA hosted a Lunch & Learn training session, which covered searchable vocabularies in PsycINFO®.
- Keywords are searched using natural language, and are good for current research and new concepts.
- Index Terms (also called Subject Headings) are found in the thesaurus tool, and help the focused researcher quickly find all records about a concept.
- PsycINFO Classification Codes® describe broad areas of psychology, and are good to pair with a keyword or an index term search.
- MeSH, or Medical Subject Headings, are assigned by National Library of Medicine, and are good for searching neuroscience and health topics, especially for researchers familiar with PubMed.
PsycCRITIQUES® was discontinued as of December 31, 2017.
The full PsycCRITIQUES archived database is now available to the public through the Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron.
In addition, institutions that have an active subscription to Portico — a digital preservation and electronic archiving service —have access to an archived version of the database via their institutional agreement with Portico.
APA thanks all the psychologists who supported PsycCRITIQUES through their service as editors, associate editors, and review authors over the years.
If you have any questions about access to PsycCRITIQUES, please contact us at email@example.com.
Today we’d like to highlight one of our APA Style CENTRAL® handouts, “Research Lab Book: Develop My Research Idea” (PDF, 599K). Please feel free to link to this handout where students, faculty, and researchers will find it!
APA Style CENTRAL’s Research Lab Book is a suite of tools to help you plan and document your research process. Develop My Research Idea guides you through developing a research idea that is neither too broad nor too narrow. Appropriate for use with original research or a literature review, this 5-step approach walks you through a structured framework for brainstorming your interests, identifying a specific topic, developing a research question, elaborating on the details of that question, and clarifying your expectations about the outcome of your research.
When you’re done, you’ll be ready to search for relevant literature and begin considering your study design.
Undergraduates and others who can benefit from a more structured way of formulating a research topic will find this tool helpful.
Faculty and writing instructors can also use these steps individually or in combination as Continue reading
APA’s training specialists have developed several webinars for librarians, instructors, and students that include a content overview and a live demonstration of features.
Click on any session link to register (all times are EDT).
APA Style CENTRAL Online Introduction introduces librarians, faculty, and students to the platform:
Teaching with APA Style CENTRAL details how faculty, librarians, and other instructors can use APA Style CENTRAL in teaching APA Style:
Writing Papers in APA Style CENTRAL teaches end users how to create and save papers using APA Style CENTRAL:
For more information, including the full training schedule, visit the APA Style CENTRAL webinars page.
When you start writing a paper in APA Style CENTRAL®, you choose a template and then choose either the Student assignment or Professional manuscript version. The difference is that the Professional version includes three additional paper sections – an Author Note, an Abstract, and Keywords.
You can add these fields to a paper that was started using the Student template.
Click on the Customize Paper Sections on the upper right, and then select to Include Author Note, Abstract, and/or Keywords.
The Abstract and Keywords will be added as sections ahead of the Body on the left side, and Author Note will be added as a section within the Title Page.
If you have started a paper in the Professional template, and don’t want to use these fields, just leave them blank.