Tutorials on APA Databases Now Grouped in Playlists

The Tutorials on APA Databases page has been redesigned for easier use. It contains the same content, but the tutorials are now grouped in playlists by platform (APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest).

This page also contains the YouTube playlist for the Introduction to APA Databases that explains how to use our different databases and what you’ll find inside each one. This information is helpful for new users or anyone that could benefit from a refresher.

If you’re not yet familiar with this extensive library of video tutorials, we invite you to head on over and check it out! On the APA Databases site, look for the “Tutorials on APA Databases” link under the “Training & Technical Support” section in the right navigation pane.

Feel free to link to any of these playlists — or individual videos — in your library websites, LibGuides, course management systems, or other locations where students, faculty, and researchers will find them.

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APA Style CENTRAL – Research Lab Book: Develop My Research Idea

Today we’d like to highlight one of our APA Style CENTRAL® handouts, “Research Lab Book: Develop My Research Idea” (PDF, 599K). Please feel free to link to this handout where students, faculty, and researchers will find it!

""APA Style CENTRAL’s Research Lab Book is a suite of tools to help you plan and document your research process. Develop My Research Idea guides you through developing a research idea that is neither too broad nor too narrow. Appropriate for use with original research or a literature review, this 5-step approach walks you through a structured framework for brainstorming your interests, identifying a specific topic, developing a research question, elaborating on the details of that question, and clarifying your expectations about the outcome of your research.

When you’re done, you’ll be ready to search for relevant literature and begin considering your study design.

Undergraduates and others who can benefit from a more structured way of formulating a research topic will find this tool helpful.

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Tutorial Tuesday: How (and Why) to use the APA Thesaurus on APA PsycNET

It’s Tutorial Tuesday! 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: How (and Why) to Use the APA Thesaurus on APA PsycNET®.""

How can you be sure you are finding the best results for your search?

By using the best search terms! The APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms (“APA Thesaurus”) contains the controlled vocabulary that APA uses to describe and categorize all content indexed in PsycINFO. This resource is regularly updated to include new and changing terminology for topics in the behavioral sciences, and you can put it to work for you!

Using the APA Thesaurus helps you eliminate “noise” from your search and retrieve the most relevant results by revealing the best search terms for your topic. The APA Thesaurus is a valuable tool for students new to research or any researcher who is new to a topic area and may not yet know the best terminology for searching.

This brief video (2:40 minutes) demonstrates the benefits of using the APA Thesaurus when searching databases on the APA PsycNET platform, and includes:

  • Examples of recent terminology updates to the APA Thesaurus;
  • How to access the APA Thesaurus when crafting a search;
  • Using the APA Thesaurus to find related terms for narrowing or expanding your search;
  • Discovering index terms for broader concepts that encompass your research topic and make searching more efficient; and
  • Uncovering additional search terms you may not have considered.

This tutorial is a great resource to link from a LibGuide or course module for any class working with APA Databases on APA PsycNET, 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 with the link to this new version.

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APA Librarian Conference Travel Award: Apply by 3/31 for Summer 2018 Conferences

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?

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! Through March 31, 2018, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from May to August 2018. This includes – but is not limited to – LOEX 2018, the Medical Library Association Conference 2018, ALA Annual 2018, the ACRL Immersion Program and Teacher Tracks, 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. Three cash awards are 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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APA Librarian Conference Travel Award: Reflections on Charleston 2017

The most recent recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award, Kelsey Cheshire from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, used the award to defray the cost of attendance at the annual Charleston Conference in November. Patti Avellanet in APA’s Databases & Electronic Resources Customer Relations group recently talked with her to get her impressions of the conference. The following transcript of their conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and context.

Photo of Kelsey CheshirePatti: So tell me about Charleston! Was the experience as valuable as you had hoped it would be?

Kelsey: The Charleston Conference was great!  I really enjoyed the thought-provoking presentations and discussions about our ever-changing library collections, roles, and products. I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend with APA’s support.

As an early-career librarian, I probably can’t overstate how valuable it was to do my first presentation at a national conference. My colleagues and I presented historical data about our monograph purchasing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including discussing our various pilot programs and vendor plans that have helped shape our purchasing plan. It was fun to provide my perspective as a new bibliographer.

Patti: I think the novel perspective from the proverbial “new kid on the block” is always valuable. I’m sure that your conference colleagues who find themselves in similar situations gained valuable insights from your team’s experience of cobbling together seemingly independent pieces into a cohesive book-buying plan.

I recall one of your other objectives for attending Charleston was to learn how your peers are approaching collection development and acquisitions with innovative solutions. It sounds like it provided the perfect environment for picking up some actionable ideas that you can incorporate into your library’s development approach.   

Kelsey: It is such a unique gathering of library folks and vendors sharing their experiences and challenges, that I think everyone can get some valuable takeaways.

Patti: It certainly seems that this was an extremely rewarding conference experience for you, especially as a an early career librarian! Is it safe to assume that you would recommend attending the Charleston Conference to other librarians?

Kelsey: I’m tempted to say that everyone who works in a library should go at least once! There’s something for everyone, no matter your interests.

Patti: Is there anything else that you’d like to share with our readers?

Kelsey: I’m grateful to my colleagues who invited me to collaborate on our presentation — so a special thank you to Lynn  Wiley, Stephanie Baker, and George Gottschalk! I’d also like to say “thank you” again to APA staff for coordinating this award — and in joining me for dinner while I was in town!

Patti: It’s great to know that you made the most of your attendance at the Charleston Conference, and that APA played a part in helping you contribute to the field with your presentation. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today.

Would you or a librarian you know benefit from receiving an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award? From January 1 through March 31, 2018, the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award is accepting applications for conferences taking place from May – August 2018. Please visit the website for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials.