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