Tutorial Thursday: Creating APA Style CENTRAL Accounts

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: Creating APA Style CENTRAL Accounts.

Although you don’t need a personal account to access the APA Style CENTRAL quick guides, tutorials, self quizzes, and sample references and papers, you do need to be logged into your account to create and save references, and write papers.

This short tutorial provides an overview of how to create an APA Style CENTRAL account, including:

  • Using your existing APA account associated with your APA membership, MyPsycNET account, or MyAPA account;
  • Looking up an existing APA account with your email address; and
  • Creating a new APA Style CENTRAL account.

Please feel free to link to this tutorial in any location where students, faculty, and researchers will find it!

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Do you have a “how-to” question about APA Style CENTRAL or some aspect of it you’d like to know more about? Please let us know!

APA Style CENTRAL – Using Check Services

Today we’d like to highlight one of our APA Style CENTRAL® handouts, Using APA Style CENTRAL Check Services” (PDF, 832KB). Please feel free to link to this handout where students, faculty, and researchers will find it!

Once you have completed a paper in the Writing Center, you can use the Check Services to make sure your work is formatted according to the guidelines of APA Style®. Check services will flag potential problems with style and formatting, but it is up to the user to review and make the appropriate edits.

 

The Check Services in APA Style CENTRAL’s Writing Center are:

  • Check Headings Orderlooks for subheadings that may be formatted at the incorrect level
  • Check Orphan Headingslooks for headings that mistakenly have only one subheading
  • Check References – flags references in the Paper Reference List that miss required elements
  • Match Reference Citations – ensures every reference in the Paper Reference List is also a cited reference in the body of the paper
  • Match Table Callouts – ensures every table in the Table List is also called out in the body of the paper
  • Match Figure Callouts – ensures every figure in the Figure List is also called out in the body of the paper

 Want to learn more? You’ll find this handout on our APA Style CENTRAL Handouts and Guides page, where we will continue to add handouts and documentation for users and administrators as they become available.

Do you have a “how-to” question about APA Style CENTRAL or some aspect of it you’d like to know more about? Please let us know!

Tutorial Thursday – Using the APA Thesaurus When Searching PsycINFO

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.

Searching “All fields” or “keywords” in a database such as PsycINFO® is a simple way to get started with research. Using the indexed subject headings found in APA’s Thesaurus is a more effective way to hone in on the resources you need.

A new version of the tutorial for using the APA Thesaurus on ProQuest is now available. This three minute video has demo searches that show how using the Thesaurus’ subject headings helps you research PsycINFO with depth and efficiency.

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APA Style CENTRAL – Adding References to Papers

Today we’d like to highlight one of our APA Style CENTRAL handouts, “APA Style CENTRAL® Adding References to Papers” (PDF, 437K). Please feel free to link to this handout where students, faculty, and researchers will find it!

APA Style CENTRAL provides each user with a personal digital library of “My References” for saving references to cite in their papers. The APA Style CENTRAL “Adding References to Papers” handout outlines the process of adding references to your digital library, using My References to build a specific paper’s reference list, and easily creating in-text citations.

Details include:

  • The three (3) ways of adding references to your library: Searching PsycINFO, RIS import, and using one of more than 80 reference templates to ensure a properly formatted reference;
  • The Paper Reference List functionality for managing a paper’s unique reference list; and
  • Using the Find and Cite Reference tool to create properly formatted cited references.

Want to learn more? You’ll find this handout on our APA Style CENTRAL® Handouts and Guides page, where we will continue to add handouts and documentation for users and administrators as they become available.

Do you have a “how-to” question about APA Style CENTRAL or some aspect of it you’d like to know more about? Please let us know!

Spotlight: PsycINFO® Quick Reference Guides

Need a brief overview on how to search PsycINFO®?  We have a Quick Reference Guide for that!

Screenshot of PsycINFO Quick Reference Guide for APA PsycNET showing description of PsycINFO

PsycINFO Quick Reference Guide for APA PsycNET®

 

Learn the basics of searching PsycINFO on your platform to make your search more effective. Each PsycINFO Quick Reference Guide covers:

  • System navigation
  • Command searching
  • Correct search syntax for specific fields
  • Advanced search syntax (e.g., Boolean operators, truncation)
  • Limiting your search
  • Managing your search results
  • Platform-specific tips
PsycINFO Search Basics on APA PsycNET: Screenshot of Quick Reference Guide showing descriptions of Boolean Operators (AND, OR, and NOT), Phrases, and Truncation

PsycINFO Search Basics on APA PsycNET

 

Download or link to the PsycINFO Quick Reference Guide for your platform:

This is a perfect course handout for students who are new to searching PsycINFO, or anyone else who may want a refresher. Librarians and faculty can request pocket-size print versions to distribute: Email psycinfo@apa.org with your name, institution, mailing address, quantity needed, and specified platform.

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APA provides search help and training for all end-users, from novices through expert searchers. Find search guides, webinar schedules, tutorials, and more at our APA Search Help and Training Center for databases and electronic resources.

Be sure to check out our PsycINFO YouTube channel for short training tutorials and webinar recordings demonstrating how to put APA databases to work for you. View the playlist for your platform: APA Databases on APA PsycNET, APA Databases on EBSCOhost, APA Databases on Ovid, or APA Databases on ProQuest.