Tutorial Thursday – Finding Relevant Articles to Answer Your Research Question

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 Relevant Articles to Answer Your Research Question is available.

The first short video prepares you to be able to use the APA Thesaurus in order to search for relevant articles that will answer your research question. We’ll start by discussing the value of using the APA Thesaurus. Then, we’ll explain how to identify search terms from your research question that you use use when searching the Thesaurus.



The second short video shows how to identify Index Terms in the APA Thesaurus and use these Index terms to create a tailored search.

By the end of this 2-part tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Explain the value of using the APA Thesaurus
  • Identify search terms from a research question
  • Develop a search using the APA Thesaurus
  • Save a search and create an email alert to stay up to date on new articles on your topic

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Tutorial – Using the PsycINFO Index Terms and Keywords Effectively on APA PsycNET
PsycINFO Expert Tip: Searching by Keyword, Index Term and More

New Handbook: APA Handbook of Psychopharmacology

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

The series currently contains 30 authoritative titles, including the 2014 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology.

The most recent addition to this series is the APA Handbook of Psychopharmacology, edited by Suzette M. Evans and published in April 2019.

This handbook provides a comprehensive working knowledge of basic pharmacology and psychopharmacology, examines the utility of pharmacotherapy for addressing different dimensions of human suffering, and highlights the broader professional and social issues surrounding this work in a language that is suitable for a broad readership.

Visit the APA Handbook of Psychopharmacology web page for more information, including the full table of contents and editor biographies.

PsycBOOKS users on APA PsycNET® (including subscribers to APA PsycNET Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum), EBSCOhost, Ovid and ProQuest can access the entire series by browsing PsycBOOKS or by performing a title search for a particular handbook.

Institutions also have the option of purchasing handbooks individually. Print only, Electronic only, or Electronic + Print options are available through APA, with electronic access provided via the APA PsycNET® platform. For more information on pricing and availability, please see the APA Handbooks in Psychology institutional purchase page or contact us at quotes@apa.org.

Tutorial Thursday – Finding Preprint Articles in APA PsycNET

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 How to Find Preprint Articles in APA PsycNET is available.

This short video starts with a brief description of preprint articles, including why they matter. Next, we’ll demonstrate how to access them and how to create an alert to stay current on upcoming preprints in your research area.

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Recognize the value of preprint articles.
  • Identify several ways preprint articles are referred to by databases and publishers.
  • Access preprint articles in APA PsycNET.
  • Create an alert in APA PsycNET to access forthcoming preprint articles.

Related Resource:
PsycINFO Expert Tip: Online First Publications  

HyunSeung Koh Receives a 2019 APA Librarian Conference Travel Award

We are pleased to announce that HyunSeung Koh, Assessment Librarian and Assistant Professor at the the University of Northern Iowa, recently received the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award. Ms. Koh will use the award to attend the International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries in Aberystwyth, Wales in July.

Photo of HyunSeung Koh

The award committee commended Ms. Koh’s involvement in her research team’s development of a unique research agenda – the first year experience (FYE) of international students, an important and timely topic. Furthermore, Ms. Koh will be presenting this research project at an international conference, an achievement which the committee considered to be exceptional given its occurrence so early in her career.

Thank you to all who took time to apply – librarians working in a wide variety of institutions and positions. The applicant pool is always strong, and the committee encourages previous applicants to apply again when they are next in need of conference funding.

Now through July 31, 2019, the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award is accepting applications for conferences taking place from September to December 2019. Please visit our website for details on eligibility, deadlines, and required application materials.

From the Deck of… ACRL 2019 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 APA Publishing Training SlideShare account.
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At the ACRL meeting this month, we presented a Lunch & Learn training session covering updates and search tips for APA’s databases.

The presentation covered the recent thesaurus update, upcoming changes to the PsycTESTS database, and features of the My PsycNET platform manager.

Live demos included the following example searches:

  • using thesaurus terms
  • updating a saved search with the new thesaurus terms
  • using PsycINFO’s tests & measures field to find a known test
  • searching for appended tests
  • PsycTESTS example search

You can review the slides from our ACRL 2019 Lunch & Learn on our SlideShare account.

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