On APA PsycNET®’s Advanced Search page, there are three Search Tools that can help you choose the name of an author, a journal, or a test to add to your search. Author Lookup can search for records in all APA Databases, while Journal Lookup works with PsycINFO® and PsycARTICLES®, and Test Lookup (added in 2017) works with PsycTESTS®.
It’s Tutorial Thursday! In this series, we explore APA’s library of video tutorials available on the PsycINFO® YouTube channel and the APA Style CENTRAL® YouTube channel. Please feel free to link to or embed our videos in your library websites or LibGuides, course management systems, or other locations where students, faculty, and researchers will find them.
For today’s edition of Tutorial Thursday, we’d like to highlight a video on our APA Style CENTRAL YouTube channel: Importing References into Your My References List.
References can be imported as a .ris file (or compatible .txt file) from a research platform, such as APA PsycNET®, or from a reference manager, such as RefWorks. A .ris file is the standardized format that allows programs to exchange bibliographic records.
This short tutorial will help you use APA Style CENTRAL’s built-in tools to:
- Import references by uploading an RIS file;
- Edit these imported references in your My References list.
Please feel free to link to this tutorial in any location where students, faculty, and researchers will find it!
Want to learn more? View related resources:
Our fall semester lineup of webinars for librarians kicks off on September 19. If you’re looking to expand your search skills, or just need a PsycINFO refresher, we hope you’ll join us! We offer two different one-hour sessions, both of which include live search demos.
Behind the Scenes of PsycINFO – In this session, we review the structure of APA Database records, covering the elements of the bibliographic citation, controlled vocabulary and indexing. We also go over value-added fields, such as classification codes and tests and measures. Sample searches demonstrate these fields, as well as the online thesaurus and keyword searching.
Beyond Subject Searching in PsycINFO – This session builds on Behind the Scenes of PsycINFO, and covers a few ways you can use PsycINFO for doing more than just locating articles. Among other things, it includes a review of searching for information on tests and measures, and how to identify the types of research being done at a particular institution. (Taking our Behind the Scenes of PsycINFO webinar first is not required, but this session does assume that you are familiar with the platform you use to access PsycINFO and with the basics of searching the database.)
Sessions run through early December.
Related Training Resources:
In August, APA added 4 new APA books to PsycBOOKS®:
- 125 Years of the American Psychological Association, ©2017, edited by Wade E. Pickren and Alexandra Rutherford. ISBN: 978-1-4338-2791-3
- APA Handbook of Giftedness and Talent, ©2017, edited by Steven I. Pfeiffer. ISBN: 978-1-4338-2696-8
- Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement: Mental Training for Athletes and Coaches, ©2017, by Keith A. Kaufman, Carol R. Glass, and Timothy R. Pineau. ISBN: 978-1-4338-2787-5
- A Telepsychology Casebook: Using Technology Ethically and Effectively in Your Professional Practice, ©2017, edited by Linda F. Campbell, Fred Millán, and Jana N. Martin. ISBN: 978-1-4338-2706-9
- Woman’s Embodied Self: Feminist Perspectives on Identity and Image, ©2017, by Joan C. Chrisler and Ingrid Johnston-Robledo. ISBN: 978-1-4338-2712-3
Bibliographic records are available through your PsycBOOKS vendor. You may also download RDA records directly from APA by following the instructions in the APA PsycNET® Administrator Help Menu.
On July 17, the APA PsycNET platform released a refreshed version that included a new look and feel, as well as a technology upgrade.
We hope this refresh has allowed you to continue your research seamlessly.
The features that you’re used to on APA PsycNET are still there, including:
- Your personal My List, My PsycNET, alerts, and saved searches;
- Thesaurus or Term Finder;
- Cited References search;
- An unchanged search algorithm;
- The same records and full-text as before, with regular weekly updates.
We’ve also added some new tools to assist you, such as related content, a test lookup tool, and additional browse options.
If you would like more information about these new tools, please view our webinar on the APA PsycNET changes.
Or view the slides detailing APA PsycNET’s new additions.