From the Deck of . . . The ALA Midwinter 2017 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.

We recently presented our Lunch & Learn training session at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition. During the session, we reviewed PsycTESTS®, an extensive collection of psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other instruments. Over 42,000 tests are represented in the database, and a full or partial version of the measure is available for about 50% of them.

PsycTESTS is a wonderful resource for students learning to conduct measures, or researchers developing their own tests. In addition, many of the tests included can be used for non-commercial research and educational purposes, which includes general clinical use. (For more information, see our post How Permissions Work in PsycTESTS.)

During our session at ALA Midwinter, we reviewed the record structure of PsycTESTS, which is very different from a database like PsycINFO®. In PsycINFO, one article is represented by one record, which contains information about the article, taken from the article itself. In PsycTESTS, a test can be represented by multiple records, which contain information about the test, taken from a source document. A source document is typically a journal article, book chapter, technical report, or dissertation.

Visual representation of PsycTESTS record structure at

A visual representation of the record structure for PsycTESTS.


Every test in PsycTESTS is represented by a Test Master Record, which displays basic information about the test. You’ll also see either a Test Development Record or a Test Primary Data Record, which provide additional information about the test.

  • The Test Master Record provides basic information about the instrument and links to other records, which contain information from source documents, such as a journal article or book chapter:
    • Test Development Record: provides information describing the development of the measure
    • A Primary Data Record is provided for commercial tests, or tests with no source document (for example, a historical test)

A small number of tests will have an additional record or records:

    • Test Use Record: provides information describing a new use of the measure (for example, an article that reports on using a test developed for adults with children)
    • Test Review Record: provides information about an evaluation of the measure

The way these records are connected, and how they interact with one another, varies widely depending on how you access PsycTESTS: via APA PsycNET®, EBSCOhost, Ovid, or ProQuest. To see what a PsycTESTS record looks like on your platform, take a look at the slides from our Lunch & Learn. You’ll also find some sample search scenarios for PsycTESTS.

The presentation also included an overview of incorporating APA Style CENTRAL® into your teaching, and a look at some new and forthcoming publications.

Related Resources:

A “Getting Started with PsycTESTS” guide is available for each of the major vendor platforms. This handout demonstrates the various fields and features in PsycTESTS. To download or link to this resource, visit our Search Guides page.

APA Training Sessions at ALA Midwinter 2017

ALA Midwinter Meeting logo.Will you be at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta this January? We hope to see you at our Lunch & Learn! If you can’t attend the session, please stop by the booth (#1548) to catch a brief presentation on Saturday or Sunday.


American Psychological Association Lunch & Learn @ ALA Midwinter
Monday, January 23, 2016
1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

Join us for an update on APA’s Databases and Electronic Resources. This year’s session will include an overview of how to incorporate APA Style CENTRAL®, our new resource for learning and teaching APA Style®, into your courses and workshops. Live search demos on the APA Databases will review new fields and features added to PsycINFO® in 2016, and provide a refresher on PsycTESTS®.

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:

Presentations in the APA Booth (#1548)
Staff from the APA Databases and Electronic Resources Customer Relations team will be available at the booth throughout the conference, and will be conducting brief presentations on Saturday and Sunday:

A Brief Tour of APA Style CENTRAL – A 15-minute whirlwind tour of our new resource for teaching, learning, and writing in APA Style:

  • Saturday, January 21 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 22 at 1:30 p.m.

APA Style CENTRAL: The Writing Center – An overview of the writing center, including a look at collaboration tools and resources for additional help.

  • Saturday, January 21 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 22 at 9:30 a.m.

New Fields & Features in PsycINFO – A brief review of new fields and features added to PsycINFO in 2016.

  • Saturday, January 21 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m.

APA Librarian Conference Travel Award: Apply by Nov. 30 for Spring 2017 Conferences

Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend this spring?

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! Through November 30, 2016, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from January to April 2017. This includes – but is not limited to – the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, ALA Midwinter, Electronic Resources & Libraries, the ACRL 2017 Conference, Code4Lib, the ACRL Immersion Teaching with Technology Track, and the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience.

The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS. Three cash awards are distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs, and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

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