In August, PsycINFO added new fields and features to help researchers like you search with greater precision and to include more information right in the record.
Because of the interlinking of APA’s products, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycCRITIQUES also include these updates.
Four of the new fields are particularly useful as you begin a research project or assignment. They can help you quickly narrow down search results and spot more information about the topic and why it is important.
- Impact Statement – A summary like an abstract, but instead of describing the technical process, it explains the relevance of the research to the general public. This can help to justify a research project, especially if you are applying for a grant.
- Open Access – A flag on the record indicates that the fulltext is available through open access. This provides access to resources beyond PsycINFO.
- Data Sets – A description of the data set is provided, as well as links for access or download when available. Looking at the data yourself enables you to better understand the research conducted in the published study, and to identify your own project that builds on this previous work.
- Dissertation Details – Advisor(s), Degree, Institution and Department are included in the PsycINFO record. This helps you to find leaders in evolving areas of research, or note other disciplines that are working on similar topics.
Check out our SlideShare presentation for a guide on using these new fields on APA PsycNET.
If you access PsycINFO through a different database platform, you can check the Vendor Status page to see when these new features will go live.
Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend this fall?
If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! Through November 30, 2016, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from January to April 2017.
The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS. Three cash awards are distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs, and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.
APA Style CENTRAL® is the newest member of the APA Style® family, and launched on July 11.
APA’s training specialists have developed a one-hour introductory session for librarians. This webinar includes a content overview and a live demonstration of features. (Please note that additional training on administrative features, as well as training geared toward students and other users, is currently in development.)
There are five sessions scheduled for September. Click on any session below to register (all times are EDT/UTC -4):
- Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.
- Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.
For more information, and to see the full schedule, visit the APA Style CENTRAL webinars page.