Finding Tests in APA PsycTests: Using the APA PsycNet Platform

It’s Tutorial Thursday! In this series, we explore APA’s library of video tutorials available on the APA Publishing Training 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.

In this short video you’ll learn how to find psychological tests and measures from the APA PsycTests database using the APA PsycNet platform. We’ll also discuss getting permission to use a test and how to find more information about a specific test.

By the end of this video, you should be able to:

  • Find tests or measures on a specific topic using APA PsycTests
  • Limit results in APA PsycTests to find full-text tests or measures
  • Explain the situations in which you need permission to use a test or measure and how to find results in APA PsycTests where permission is granted

Related Resources

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Blog Post: Finding Psychometric Information About a Test

APA PsycTherapy New Platform features

APA PsycTherapy® is APA’s streaming collection of candid, unscripted videos of psychotherapy sessions. Currently, APA PsycTherapy has over 500 videos, with hours of new content each year.

On August 13, APA PsycTherapy migrated to a new platform hosted by Cadmore.

 Enhancements to APA PsycTherapy include:

  • Redesigned look & feel for smoother search and navigation
  • Easy-to-browse therapist biographies, topic definitions, and therapeutic approach definitions
  • Video, transcript, and descriptive record all in a single screen view
  • Name of therapist, topic, and approach linked in record to run a search
  • Video segments available for viewing or saving
  • Simpler Add to List tool
  • New Favorite option

For more information on this new platform for APA PsycTherapy, please see our press release or check out our quick overview.

APA PsycNet Direct: Accessing Single Articles

It’s Tutorial Thursday! In this series, we explore APA’s library of video tutorials available on the APA Publishing Training 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.

A new version of the tutorial APA PsycNet Direct: Accessing Single Articles is available.

In this video you’ll learn how to use APA PsycNet Direct to purchase single journal articles and book chapters that are published by APA. First, we’ll describe the two ways APA PsycNet Direct provides you with immediate access to APA databases and content. Then, we’ll walk through how to purchase single journal articles and book chapters. This video is for researchers who do not have access to APA databases or content through a university or institution.

By the end of this video you will be able to:
● Describe the two PsycNet Direct options available for accessing APA databases and content
● Purchase single journal articles and book chapters using APA PsycNet

You can begin using APA PsycNet Direct on our website.

New Thesaurus Terms for Searching APA PsycInfo

In July 2020, APA added 102 new terms to the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms® to provide more effective searching on current topics such as COVID-19 and inequality.  

Most of these new terms are mapped back and added to previously published records in APA’s databases. This thesaurus update also included 30 new cross-referenced terms, and new and revised scope notes.

The 9,800+ index terms found in the Thesaurus provide precise and consistent terminology for searching all APA research databases. Using the controlled vocabulary of the Thesaurus means a database search will quickly retrieve all items about a specific concept no matter what keywords the authors used.

The Thesaurus tool is found on all platforms as part of APA PsycInfo® and redirects synonyms to the preferred “Use” term to include in your search. Each thesaurus record includes links to broader terms, narrower terms, and related terms, along with the year the term was introduced, an historical note if applicable, and a scope note providing definition and application.

You can see the full list of new thesaurus terms on our website.

Related Resource:

YouTube Tutorial – Using the APA Thesaurus to Find Relevant Articles on a Topic

Finding Journal Articles in APA PsycInfo

It’s Tutorial Thursday! In this series, we explore APA’s library of video tutorials available on the APA Publishing Training 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.

A new version of the tutorial Finding Journal Articles in APA PsycInfo to Answer Your Research Question is available.

This short video shows the steps to take in APA PsycInfo to find a selection of journal articles that will answer your research question.

By the end of this video, you should be able to:

  • Identify key concepts from your research question
  • Conduct a search in APA PsycInfo using keywords, truncation, and quotes
  • Apply filters to refine your results
  • Locate valuable information from the articles in your results
  • Save results and create an email alert to stay current on your topic

See other recent tutorials from APA Publishing:
Using the APA Thesaurus to Find Relevant Articles on a Topic
Peer-Reviewed Empirical Articles