New Terms Added to the PsycINFO Thesaurus

By Ian Galloway, Senior Vocabulary Development Specialist

We recently released an update to The Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, the source of the controlled vocabulary used in indexing PsycINFO and the other APA databases. All of the items included in APA databases – journal articles, books and book chapters, dissertations, and more – are represented by a record that is indexed, or tagged, with Index Terms from the Thesaurus. This allows someone searching a database to quickly find all of the items about a particular concept, such as Affirmative Therapy, Playfulness, or Transactional Leadership, no matter what terminology the authors used.

Keywords, Index Terms, and PsycINFO Classification Codes from a record in the PsycARTICLES database.

Keywords, Index Terms, and PsycINFO Classification Codes from a record in the PsycARTICLES database.

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PsycINFO Surpasses 4 Million Records!

We are pleased to announce that with the weekly update released on December 7, 2015, PsycINFO now contains more than 4 million records. The four millionth item indexed in PsycINFO was:

Szepsenwol, O., Simpson, J. A., Griskevicius, V., & Raby, K. L. (2015). The effect of unpredictable early childhood environments on parenting in adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109(6), 1045-1067.

For more information about this achievement, please see the press release.


Welcome to the APA Databases & Electronic Resources Blog. Here you’ll find all of the news and information you’ve come to expect from our newsletter, PsycINFO News, which we have retired with Volume 34, Issue 3.

You can keep up with this blog in several ways. Pull the RSS feed into your favorite reader, subscribe via email (see the sidebar for both of these options), or keep an eye out for an occasional digest sent to the PsycINFO Listserv.

Those of you who are loyal readers of the newsletter may wonder why we’ve chosen to retire it. Over the last few years, we often found the newsletter format did give not give us the flexibility to make a time-sensitive announcement. There were issues where we had more content than we were able to use – and issues where we only had one or two items. And because we haven’t produced a print version of the newsletter in several years, it began to seem less necessary to confine our communications to a print-based production schedule. And of course, once the PsycINFO News became web-based, using a PDF format became less relevant for delivery in the digital age.

And so, here we are, introducing the APA Databases & Electronic Resources Blog. You’ll find the usual announcements from PsycINFO News: online and in-person training opportunities, new or updated training materials, and new features in APA Databases. Blog posts will also highlight new journals and include the monthly list of books added to PsycBOOKS. And that’s not all – the blog will allow us to expand on what we covered in PsycINFO News, and we have a long list of ideas for posts, occasional features, irregular series, and more.

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