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®.
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.
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.
We recently updated one of our tutorials: Using Classification Codes in PsycINFO on EBSCOhost.
For a more powerful and precise search, you can include PsycINFO Classification Codes in your query. Searching all fields or the “Keywords” field in a database is an easy way to start your research, but using these numerical codes from the APA Thesaurus will help you retrieve the resources you need more quickly and effectively.
Classification Codes are assigned by APA indexers to categorize documents in the PsycINFO database according to the primary subject matter. They are especially helpful for targeting your results when a search term can mean different things in different contexts, or when you want to search broadly.
This three-minute video demonstrates how to use PsycINFO® Classification Codes when searching PsycINFO (and other APA databases) on the EBSCOhost platform, and includes:
- Description and examples of PsycINFO Classification Codes;
- Where to find the complete list of PsycINFO Classification Codes; and
- How to apply these codes to narrow your search to the most relevant results on the EBSCOhost platform.
This tutorial is a great resource to link from a LibGuide or course module for any class working with APA Databases on EBSCOhost, and can be helpful in answering email or chat reference questions.
The previous version of this tutorial will remain available, but if you have embedded or linked to it anywhere, we encourage you to update your materials to link to this new version.
- PsycINFO Classification Categories and Codes
- Tutorial (2:54 min.): How (and Why) to Use the APA Thesaurus When Searching PsycINFO via EBSCOhost
- Find additional tutorials on the PsycINFO YouTube playlist for APA Databases on EBSCOhost
- Visit the Search Help & Training Center for APA Databases
Our next series of PsycINFO® webinars for students and faculty will run on August 9, 10, and 11 from 11 – 11:30 a.m. EDT. The sessions may be attended separately, but we encourage those who are interested to take all three, so we offer them on consecutive days:
- Wednesday, August 9: Basic Search
- Thursday, August 10: Advanced Search
- Friday, August 11: Results Management
We will provide information relevant to all search platforms including APA PsycNET®, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest. The platform demonstrated will be based on the needs of the attendees of each session. For more information on this series, including full descriptions, please visit our database webinar training web page.
These webinars are an ideal way for students to get a refresher on PsycINFO if they have had a previous training session. Please help us spread the word to interested students and faculty!