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.
In November 2015, APA added 3 new APA books and 17 landmark titles in psychology to PsycBOOKS. Past monthly update lists are available online. You can also view a list of sample titles or a full coverage list.
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. Continue reading
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000032
For more information about this achievement, please see the press release.
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
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
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