Introducing New Features in PsycINFO: Starting Your Research on APA PsycNET

In August, PsycINFO added new fields and features to help researchers like you search with greater precision and to include more information right in the record.
Because of the interlinking of APA’s products, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycCRITIQUES also include these updates.

Four of the new fields are particularly useful as you begin a research project or assignment. They can help you quickly narrow down search results and spot more information about the topic and why it is important.

  • Impact Statement – A summary like an abstract, but instead of describing the technical process, it explains the relevance of the research to the general public. This can help to justify a research project, especially if you are applying for a grant.
  • Open Access – A flag on the record indicates that the fulltext is available through open access. This provides access to resources beyond PsycINFO.
  • Data Sets – A description of the data set is provided, as well as links for access or download when available. Looking at the data yourself enables you to better understand the research conducted in the published study, and to identify your own project that builds on this previous work.
  • Dissertation Details – Advisor(s), Degree, Institution and Department are included in the PsycINFO record. This helps you to find leaders in evolving areas of research, or note other disciplines that are working on similar topics.


Check out our SlideShare presentation for a guide on using these new fields on APA PsycNET.



If you access PsycINFO through a different database platform, you can check the Vendor Status page to see when these new features will go live.

Exhibits Update: International Writing Centers Association Conference


The International Writing Centers Association Conference will be held at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, CO, from October 13-16, 2016.

If representatives from your campus writing center are attending, please encourage them to visit the American Psychological Association table. Representatives from APA will be available to demonstrate APA Style CENTRAL®, our new resource for learning, teaching, and writing in APA Style®.



Webinar Alert: PsycINFO Sessions for Students & Faculty October 12-14

Our next series of PsycINFO® webinars for students and faculty will run on October 12, 13, and 14 from 11 – 11:30 a.m. EDT (UTC -4). The sessions may be taken separately, but we encourage those who are interested to take all three, and offer them on consecutive days:

We will provide information relevant to all search platforms including APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest. The platform used will be based on the needs of the attendees of each session. For more information on this series, including full descriptions, please visit our website.

These webinars are an ideal way for students to get a refresher on PsycINFO if they have had a previous training session. Please help us spread the word to interested students and faculty!

Webinar Alert: APA Style CENTRAL Online Introductions for October 2016

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APA Style CENTRAL® is the newest member of the APA Style® family, and launched on July 11.

APA’s training specialists have developed a one-hour introductory session for librarians. This webinar includes a content overview and a live demonstration of features. (Please note that additional training on administrative features, as well as training geared toward students and other users, is currently in development.)

There are five sessions scheduled for October. Click on any session below to register (all times are EDT/UTC -4):

For more information, and to see the full schedule, visit the APA Style CENTRAL webinars page.

Webinar Alert: Two New Sessions for APA Style CENTRAL

Laptop displaying APA Style CENTRAL homepage.We are pleased to announce the availability of two brand new webinars for APA Style CENTRAL®!

Teaching With APA Style CENTRAL® covers content, features, and tools in APA Style CENTRAL that can be incorporated into course and bibliographic instruction. Faculty members, librarians, instructors, and anyone else responsible for teaching APA Style will benefit from this session.

Writing Papers in APA Style CENTRAL® teaches end users how to create and save papers using APA Style CENTRAL. Students and other end users, as well as faculty members, librarians and instructors, can all benefit from this session.

Please note that these sessions will not include a review of APA Style guidelines. Attendees are not required to have access to APA Style CENTRAL, but those who do not should note that the APA Style CENTRAL Online Introductions will provide a more holistic overview than these sessions.

All times are United States Eastern Daylight Time (EDT / UTC -4).

Teaching With APA Style CENTRAL

Writing Papers in APA Style CENTRAL

Does your institution subscribe to APA Style CENTRAL? Are you in the midst of a free trial? Please help us spread the word to any teaching faculty or writing center instructors who may be interested!

This post was edited on 9/27/16 to reflect a change in the start time of the October 6 session.