Tutorial Thursday: Sample PsycINFO Search

It’s Tutorial Thursday! In this series, we explore APA’s extensive library of video tutorials, available on YouTube. Please feel free to link or embed videos or playlists in library websites or LibGuides, course management systems, or other locations where students, faculty, and researchers will find them.

Consistently some of our most frequently watched tutorials, our sample searches for PsycINFO have collectively seen more than 14,000 views in their lifetime – and for good reason. This tutorial provides a quick overview of how to turn a research question into a productive search strategy. Continue reading

APA Lunch & Learn at ALA Midwinter 2016

Will you be at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston this January? We hope to see you at our Lunch & Learn! if you can’t attend the session, please stop by the booth (#1153) for the latest news and information.

American Psychological Association Lunch & Learn @ ALA Midwinter
Monday, January 11, 2016
1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

RSVP: https://apa-lunch.eventbrite.com
What do the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, search result sorting options, and interface translations have in common?

If you guessed that they’re all on the menu for the APA Lunch & Learn at ALA Midwinter, you win! Your prize: lunch with APA’s training specialists while they update you on what’s happening with APA Databases & Electronic Resources. We’ll also review the newest additions to the APA Handbooks in Psychology Series, and cover journals being added to PsycARTICLES in 2016. All that, plus live search demos of APA databases on APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, ProQuest, and OvidSP. We’ll even include a complimentary lunch!

Walk-ins are always welcome, but priority will be given to participants who register in advance. Be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend: https://apa-lunch.eventbrite.com


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.

Questions, comments, or suggestions? Join the conversation! You can comment below, or send a note to us directly at psycinfo@apa.org.