From the Deck of… ALA Annual 2018 Lunch & Learn

Welcome to “From the Deck of . . .” an irregular series in which we highlight search demos and other information from the slide decks we create for our live training sessions. You can view and download these materials from the PsycINFO SlideShare account.

At the ALA Annual meeting last month, we presented a Lunch & Learn training session covering a wide variety of updates to APA’s publishing program:

  • New Handbooks from APA
  • New Online Dictionary of Psychology
  • APA Librarian Travel Award Recipients
  • Magination Press Overview
  • APA Style JARS
  • What’s New With APA Style CENTRAL

We also spent some time providing thoughts on integrating PsycINFO into a systematic review including:

  • Reasons to add PsycINFO to your systematic review searching
  • Aligning APA thesaurus terms to your MeSH-based search strategy
  • Practical PsycINFO search tips for systematic reviews
  • Issues for reporting and replicability

New in PsycBOOKS: April – June 2018

In April, APA added 2 new titles to PsycBOOKS®

In May, APA added 6 new titles to PsycBOOKS® , including one Handbook.

In June, APA added 5 new titles to PsycBOOKS®

Bibliographic records are available through your PsycBOOKS vendor. You may also download RDA records directly from APA by following the instructions in the APA PsycNET® Administrator Help Menu.

View the past monthly PsycBOOKS update lists, a list of sample PsycBOOKS titles, and the full coverage list for PsycBOOKS.

New Handbook: APA Handbook of Dementia

The APA Handbooks in Psychology series was launched in 2011 to provide comprehensive overviews and in-depth study of specific subfields within psychology. All 28 of the Handbooks are included in the PsycBOOKS® database, and titles are also available individually.

The most recent addition to this series is the APA Handbook of Dementia, edited by Glenn E. Smith and published in May 2018.

This handbook addresses assessment, comorbidity, evaluation, and treatment of various forms of dementia, and reviews common dementias including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and other less common dementias. It is organized into sections discussing diagnosis, epidemiology, and neurobiology (including neuropathology and neuroimaging); assessment, including cultural issues, methodology, and neuropsychology; and primary, secondary, and tertiary intervention strategies.

The handbook is intended as a resource for all psychologists and other health professionals that serve persons and families impacted by neurodegenerative disease.

 

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PsycINFO Expert Tip: Searching by Date on APA PsycNET

PsycINFO® records have several date fields that provide information about the creation of the scholarly work and information about the creation of the PsycINFO record in the APA database. In this post, we’ll explain what these different dates mean and how you can use them in your search.

What do all these different dates mean?

The Publication Date is the date that the journal article or book chapter was delivered or made available to customers or subscribers. For journal articles, you may also see Publication History dates –  First Submitted, Accepted, and First Posting.

The Release Date is the date that the record was added to the PsycINFO database. You may also see a Correction Date in some records that were updated after the release date.Usually, the publication date is only a few weeks before the release date on PsycINFO. But sometimes, material published at an earlier date, such as older issues of a journal, will be added to PsycINFO. In the example below, you see a journal article that was published in 1987 but released on PsycINFO in 2018.

  

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Interactive Site for New APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards

The APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (APA Style JARS) provide researchers in psychology with a structured guide to communicate important aspects of their research. Created by psychologists, the standards aim to enhance the quality of published research by promoting transparency and facilitating the assessment of rigor.

In January 2018, APA released an update to the standards, which now include guidance on reporting qualitative and mixed methods research as well as revised guidelines for quantitative research.

In early May, APA launched a brand-new companion website for APA Style JARS that provides tools for students, authors, reviewers, and editors, including:

  • the latest news and frequently asked questions
  • checklists to facilitate the reporting process
  • an informational video
  • training and tutorials

This companion site will help students, researchers, and educators throughout the research process, enabling authors to more thoroughly and accurately communicate their research, increasing opportunities for funding, collaboration, and replication. In addition, the website should make it easier for researchers to publish in APA journals, which in turn provides readers with information that is more accessible and easily understood.

 

Related Resources:

APA Press Release – the New JARS

APA Press Release – New Website Guides Users of JARS

APA Style Blog – The Updated APA Style JARS