Getting Started with APA PsycTests: FAQ’s – Using a Test You’ve Found

Intended for users who want to become familiar with APA PsycTests®, this post is the second in a short series — with more to come! For an overview of content basics and how to begin searching APA PsycTests, we recommend reading the first post: What is APA PsycTests, and How Can It Help Me?

You’ve found a test in the APA PsycTests database that you’d like to use in your research and are maybe wondering, “Now what?”

The FAQ below explains how to use the APA PsycTests database record (“test record”) to find important information and related clues to help identify your next steps. The test record includes two separate but related tabs: Test Profile and Source Citations.  

  • The Test Profile tab displays the subset of fields used to describe the test (note that not all fields will appear for every test).
  • The Source Citations tab displays reference information for research related to the test, including any available links to the publication sources.

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COUNTER 5 Statistics Available for APA PsycNet

APA PsycNet librarians and administrators can now access COUNTER 5 compliant usage statistics beginning with data for February 2019. You can view and download these COUNTER 5 reports on our new COUNTER 5 usage statistics portal.

What’s changed for COUNTER 5?

APA now provides usage data for the APA PsycNet platform according to COUNTER 5’s defined reports. This new reporting framework provides a variety of metrics measuring usage at the platform, database, and title or item level (item level includes video title). The metrics include full-text usage, searches, investigations, and requests.

For more information about report types and metrics, please see COUNTER’s Friendly Guide to Release 5 for Librarians.

In addition to the COUNTER 5 defined reports, APA still provides the DD1 report to show downloads for APA PsycExtra and APA PsycTests, and video views for APA PsycTherapy.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Existing SUSHI credentials issued for COUNTER 4 will not work with COUNTER 5; you must re-register for SUSHI login credentials.

How do I get to the new usage portal?

There are two ways an institution’s admin can access the APA PsycNet usage portal:

Your APA PsycNet admin login username and password did not change with the COUNTER 5 release.

If you have trouble reaching the usage statistics portal and think you should have access, please email us at APA

How can I set up SUSHI?

Follow the instructions provided on the SUSHI APA PsycNet Admin Center Help page to generate your SUSHI credentials through the APA PsycNET usage portal.

Once you’ve received your login credentials, point your SUSHI client or access software to the following service URL:

Can I still get COUNTER 4 usage stats?

You can access COUNTER 4 reports alongside COUNTER 5 reports in the new usage statistics portal, using the Report Sidebar. 

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Webinar Alert: APA PsycInfo® Basic and Advanced Search for Students & Faculty (3/26, 4/2)

Research APA PsycInfo like a pro!

Interested in strengthening your APA database searching skills? Join us for the next round of APA PsycInfo webinars designed for students, faculty, and anyone else who wants to learn more about how to search APA PsycInfo more effectively!

The 30-minute APA PsycInfo – Basic Search session includes live search demos and provides search tips and strategies to help you locate more relevant results in less time.

The 30-minute APA PsycInfo – Advanced Search session explores a few of the added-value fields in APA PsycInfo and using them to uncover much more than journal articles. Search demos will demonstrate how to identify what research is happening at which institutions; finding new journals in which to publish your work; information about tests used in related research; and potential funding opportunities for your project.

Search tips and strategies covered in both sessions are relevant to all search platforms — APA PsycNet®, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest.

The sessions may be attended separately, but we encourage you to take both if you are interested!

You can register with GoTo Webinar for one of the following times:

These webinars are an ideal way for students to get a refresher on APA PsycInfo if they have had a previous training session. Please help us spread the word to interested students and faculty!

Can’t attend a scheduled session?

Apply by 3/31 for the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award

Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend this spring/summer?

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! Through March 31, 2020, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from May to August 2020. This includes – but is not limited toLOEX 2020, the Medical Library Association Conference 2020, ALA Annual 2020, the ACRL Immersion Program, and the APA Annual Convention.

The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS/MLIS degree. One cash award is distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis.

At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs, and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

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Webinar Alert: Spring APA PsycInfo® Sessions for Librarians (2/26, 3/27, 4/28)

Research APA PsycInfo like a pro!

Join us this spring for a Beyond Subject Searching webinar – designed for librarians and other expert users of APA PsycInfo. Whether you’re looking to expand your search skills or just need a refresher, we hope you’ll join us!

This 45-minute session includes a behind the scenes look at the APA PsycInfo record structure and live search demos.

Learn how to use APA PsycInfo for more than just locating articles, such as identifying the types of research being done at a particular institution and finding journals in which to publish new work.

We’ll also search for information on grants and sponsorships, on tests and measures, and we’ll highlight our Record Structure and Field Guide — tools that can help you become your library’s APA PsycInfo expert.

You can register with GoTo Webinar for one of the following times.

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM EDT
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

Can’t join us at the times listed?