APA Style CENTRAL® is the newest member of the APA Style® family, launched in July 2016.
APA’s training specialists have developed several webinars for librarians, instructors, and students that include content overview and a live demonstration of features.
Click on any session link to register (all times are EDT).
The Online Introduction introduces librarians to the platform.
Teaching with APA Style CENTRAL details how faculty, librarians, and other instructors can use APA Style CENTRAL in teaching APA Style.
Writing Papers in APA Style CENTRAL teaches end users how to create and save papers using APA Style CENTRAL.
For more information, and to see the full schedule, visit the APA Style CENTRAL webinars page.
PsycTESTS® is a research database that provides information on tests that originated in the scholarly literature. Tests are mined from the journals currently covered in the PsycINFO database.
PsycTESTS records include citations and links to articles that discuss the development of the test and how it can be used. Each PsycTESTS record includes a Permissions field with information about how the test can be used in your research or clinical work.
Currently, over 24,000 PsycTESTS records (almost 60%) grant the permission “May use for Research / Teaching.”
The test PDF has a cover sheet with a longer description of Research / Teaching use:
Test content may be reproduced and used for non-commercial research and educational purposes without seeking written permission. Distribution must be controlled, meaning only to the participants engaged in the research or enrolled in the educational activity. Any other type of reproduction or distribution of test content is not authorized without written permission from the author and publisher. Always include a credit line that contains the source citation and copyright owner when writing about or using any test.
Examples of permitted use include:
- Using the test for educational purposes, for example in a school project
- Publishing the results of research using the test, as well as the test itself, with a copyright notice giving credit to the original test authors
- General use in a clinical setting
Examples of nonpermitted use include:
- Posting the test online
- Implying or stating that the test is your original work
- Publishing the test or selling the test to a commercial publisher
- Using the test in research intended to support commercial gain
The most recent recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award, Stacey Smith from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, used the award to defray the cost of attendance at the Library Assessment Conference earlier this fall. Alison Cody, assistant manager of APA’s Databases & Electronic Resources Customer Relations group, recently talked with her to get her impressions of the conference. The following transcript of our conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and context.
APA Style CENTRAL® incorporates all of the references and content from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, currently in its sixth edition. When future editions of the Publication Manual are released, APA Style CENTRAL will also be updated with the new rules and features.
Within APA Style CENTRAL’s Learning Center, each of the quick guides, or short training videos, is linked to one or more sections from the Publication Manual that cover the same topic.
You can find the link to the Publication Manual in the Learn More feature for each quick guide.
The Publication Manual section with related content opens in a new window or tab (depending on your browser settings):
For more information, see our Handout about APA Style CENTRAL and the Publication Manual.
PsycTESTS® is a research database that provides information on tests mined from the scholarly literature in PsycINFO®. Nearly 40,000 unique tests are represented in PsycTESTS, organized into 15 instrument types and 30 classifications.
There are a number of ways to search for a test, including the author name, keywords, test name, or test construct. (A construct is the concept the test is measuring, such as Confidence or Anxiety.)
PsycTESTS also includes limits, or controlled lists of values, that can be set before you run the search, toward the bottom of the advanced search page, or after you run the search, along the side of the search results page. These limits include:
- Administration Method – how the test is given to participants, such as Paper or Interview.
- Fee – indicates whether or not there is a fee for test use.
- Instrument Type – the primary testing category of the instrument, such as Checklist or Task.
- Permissions – the level of permissions needed in order to use a test. The Permissions statement may grant use for non-commercial research and teaching, or it may specify who to contact to obtain these permissions.
- Supporting Documentation – supporting documentation types, such as instructor guide or answer sheet.
These next three limits may seem familiar from PsycINFO:
- Age Group – specific population age groups that were the focus of the test.
- Population Group – populations to which the test was administered. Possible values are Human, Animal, Male, Female, Inpatient and Outpatient.
- PsycTESTS Classification – the general area of psychology that the measure is designed to assess, such as Human-Computer Interaction or Personality. (The PsycTESTS Classification system was created using the same principles behind the PsycINFO Classification Codes, but the codes and descriptors are different for these databases.)
There is also a Full Text Test Available checkbox that limits your search to records that have the PDF of the test attached to the descriptive record.
Opening a record from the search results takes you to the Test Master Record, which provides a profile and descriptive summary of the test.
Test Master Records have one or more Test Child Records that include information related to the test’s development, use, or review.
Child records may be:
- Test Development: discusses the development of the test. You’ll see this for most of the tests in the database.
- Test Review: reviews the test – this is available for a small percentage of the tests.
- Test Use: reports on a new use of the test – for example, a researcher may have taken a test designed for adults and administered it to teenagers. This is also available for a small percentage of tests.
For more detailed information for your platform – APA PsycNET®, EBSCOhost, Ovid or ProQuest – please view our presentation on SlideShare.