The Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®, which is used to tag and categorize records in PsycINFO®, was updated in December 2015. In addition to adding terms, we changed five terms that had already been a part of the Thesaurus – they are no longer Index Terms, but have been turned into Use references.
Here are the terms that were changed, along with the new Index Terms that have taken their places:
|Terms that are now Use references||New Index Terms to search|
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
|Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Q Sort Testing Technique||Q-Sort|
A Use reference is a Thesaurus entry that is not used to tag records (for more information about Use references, see our post about the Thesaurus update). Below is an example of what you’ll see on APA PsycNET® when you search the Thesaurus for one of these terms:
Now you know that the term we use to tag records about this technique is Q-Sort, so you can make the correct selection and search using the newest vocabulary.
But what if you have a search alert set up using one of the old terms, such as Aspergers Syndrome? Because the term is no longer used to tag articles being added to PsycINFO, your alert will no longer return results, or will return fewer results.
There are two ways to update your search alert. One is to simply recreate the search using the new term, and set it up as a new alert. This is a quick and easy method to use if your search isn’t too complex.
For more complex searches, you may want to edit the search alert. We have put together a set of slides that demonstrate how to edit a search alert on APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, Ovid and ProQuest. If you are affiliated with a college or university, you can ask a librarian for assistance with this process. Subscribers to APA PsycNET Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum packages can contact APA Databases & Electronic Resources Customer Relations at email@example.com or 800-374-2722.
In a follow up to this post, we’ll show you how you can create a search that will help you find the items you missed during the time that passed between the update to the Thesaurus and the day you changed your search alert.
More information on creating and editing search alerts:
- APA PsycNET: Setting up a personalized alert (video) or see the Save and Edit Searches portion of the Help screens
- EBSCOhost: How to Use Search Alerts
- ProQuest: Create a Search Alert
- Ovid – Visit Ovid’s help documentation, and use the Contents menu to navigate to “Saving Searches and Alerts,” a sub-section of the “Searching” section.