Announcing the First Recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award

Jahala SimuelWe are pleased to announce that Jahala Simuel, Reference Librarian at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, is the first recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! Jahala will use the funds to defray the cost of attendance at Electronic Resources & Libraries 2016 this April.

Jahala has been at Shaw University since 2004. As a solo librarian, she has taken on a wide variety of tasks and projects. Most recently, Jahala took on the responsibility for electronic resources, a complex role made all the more challenging by the fact that no training was available, and no processes were in place. It is Jahala’s hope – and APA’s – that the sessions offered at ER&L will prove valuable as she builds these skills.

The committee would like to thank all those who took the time to apply. Choosing a recipient was difficult – we received several strong applications. We encourage all those who are thinking of applying to do so, and to use the essay portion of the application to make a compelling case as to why attending the conference you’ve chosen will be of benefit not just to you, but the students, faculty, and researchers you support.

Now through March 31, we are accepting applications for attendance at conferences taking place from May to August 2016. For more information and to apply, please see the award website.

New in PsycBOOKS: January 2016

In January 2016, APA added 6 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

From the Deck of . . . the ALA Midwinter 2016 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 our SlideShare account.

One of the items we discussed during our presentation at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting was how to find book reviews in PsycINFO. We performed this search demonstration live using ProQuest, and have recreated it below with screenshots. You can take similar steps to complete this search on APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, or Ovid. If you need assistance, talk to a librarian, or contact us at

Before we get started, remember that PsycINFO is not a full text database, so the full text of the reviews you find may not be displayed. If you’re searching PsycINFO through your college or university’s subscription, ask a librarian for help finding the full text. If you’re searching through an individual subscription to APA PsycNET, this brief tutorial may be of assistance. Continue reading

Coming Soon: APA Style CENTRAL

By now, you may have heard about the newest member of the APA Style family: APA Style ® CENTRAL.

APA Style CENTRAL is an authoritative resource developed by our Style Experts. It is a suite of services and tools designed to ease the pain points encountered by students, instructors and librarians in teaching, learning, and applying APA Style.

APA Style CENTRAL will launch this spring. To learn more and sign up for updates, visit

A screenshot of the Learning Center, a part of APA Style CENTRAL.

A screenshot of the Learning Center, a part of APA Style CENTRAL.


Slides from the ALA Midwinter Lunch & Learn Now Available

The slides from our Lunch & Learn presentation at ALA Midwinter 2016 are now available on our Slideshare account. We recommend downloading the slides and viewing them in PowerPoint, as the presenter notes area includes additional information for each slide. The session included:

  • Brief updates on PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycTESTS, and PsycTHERAPY
  • Information on a recent update to the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms
  • A section on the growth of PsycINFO, which recently surpassed 4 million records
  • A review of updates made to the APA PsycNET platform over the last several months
  • An overview of training and support materials

During the session, we presented four live search demos. Screenshots for these are included in slides:

  • EBSCOhost: Using the Thesaurus
  • APA PsycNET: Sort search results by Times Cited
  • OvidSP: Using the Author Affiliation field
  • ProQuest: Searching for items that have been reviewed in journals indexed in PsycINFO