New Thesaurus Terms for Searching APA PsycInfo

In July 2020, APA added 102 new terms to the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms® to provide more effective searching on current topics such as COVID-19 and inequality.  

Most of these new terms are mapped back and added to previously published records in APA’s databases. This thesaurus update also included 30 new cross-referenced terms, and new and revised scope notes.

The 9,800+ index terms found in the Thesaurus provide precise and consistent terminology for searching all APA research databases. Using the controlled vocabulary of the Thesaurus means a database search will quickly retrieve all items about a specific concept no matter what keywords the authors used.

The Thesaurus tool is found on all platforms as part of APA PsycInfo® and redirects synonyms to the preferred “Use” term to include in your search. Each thesaurus record includes links to broader terms, narrower terms, and related terms, along with the year the term was introduced, an historical note if applicable, and a scope note providing definition and application.

You can see the full list of new thesaurus terms on our website.

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YouTube Tutorial – Using the APA Thesaurus to Find Relevant Articles on a Topic

Finding Journal Articles in APA PsycInfo

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 Journal Articles in APA PsycInfo to Answer Your Research Question is available.

This short video shows the steps to take in APA PsycInfo to find a selection of journal articles that will answer your research question.

By the end of this video, you should be able to:

  • Identify key concepts from your research question
  • Conduct a search in APA PsycInfo using keywords, truncation, and quotes
  • Apply filters to refine your results
  • Locate valuable information from the articles in your results
  • Save results and create an email alert to stay current on your topic

See other recent tutorials from APA Publishing:
Using the APA Thesaurus to Find Relevant Articles on a Topic
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2020 APA Books E-Collection Final Title Release

The remaining 2020 E-Collection titles are diverse in subject matter and include topics about the management of research data, how the brain processes humor, best practices for the clinical treatment of PTSD, and early childhood education intervention.

These new e-books will enable your users to develop research design and methods, learn best practices for working with individuals affected by PTSD, and assess patients for substance use referral and treatment.

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From the Deck of: MLA 2020

Welcome to “From the Deck of . . .” a 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.

At the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting earlier this month, APA presented a virtual exhibitor seminar. This session:

You can review the slides from our MLA 2020 Exhibitor Seminar on our SlideShare account.

Or, if you registered for MLA this year, you can watch the recording.

The latest psychological research on COVID-19 and the racism pandemics available in APA PsycArticles

To aid the discovery of this critical research, we have curated a collection of articles on these rapidly evolving topics to support your institution’s psychology curriculum. Journal articles on COVID-19 and Race, Trauma, and Social Injustice have been made temporarily freely available. As an institutional subscriber, you ensure your users have continued access to this essential content.

We will continue to keep you informed of special issues, newly published research, and commentaries. Please keep your users up to date with the latest journal content available within your APA PsycArticles® subscription.

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