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
RSVP: https://apa-lunch.eventbrite.com/?aff=b

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: https://apa-lunch.eventbrite.com/?aff=b

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.

Webinar Alert: Introducing New Features in PsycINFO®

Training sessions that discuss new features and enhancements added to PsycINFO this August are now available. These 45-minute webinars explain how and why we updated PsycINFO, define the new fields you will see, and demonstrate how they impact search and discovery.

Recent updates to PsycINFO include powerful new search limits, like open access and impact statements, new fields that connect content across research platforms, like PubMed’s MeSH terms and NIH clinical trial numbers, and additional information added to the Dissertation field. Also, because of the interlinking of APA’s databases, the PsycINFO refresh means that PsycARTICLES®, PsycBOOKS®, and PsycCRITIQUES® records will now include these new features as well.

The upcoming schedule for platform-specific PsycINFO webinars is:

PsycINFO New Features – APA PsycNET® Friday, November 4, 2016                        10:00-11:00 a.m.

PsycINFO New Features – EBSCOhost    Wednesday, November 9, 2016                1:30-2:30 p.m.

PsycINFO New Features – Ovid                 Monday, November 14, 2016                     3:00-4:00 p.m.

All times are Eastern Time.

Can’t make the time scheduled for your platform above? Please email PsycINFO, and if there is enough interest, we will schedule additional sessions.



These new fields & features are currently live on APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, and Ovid, and are scheduled to be available on ProQuest in December. Check for status updates on our website.

For more information on these enhancements, please view our blog post New Features Added to PsycINFO. Major changes include:

Impact Statements – Impact statements, which describe the relevance of the research to the general public, are included in PsycINFO records when provided by the publisher. These Impact Statements are in addition to the abstract in the standard scientific format, which will always be included. If you are searching for impact statements using APA PsycNET, limit the search using the “Impact Statement” checkbox.

Open Access – This new field makes it clear at a glance if an article or journal indexed in PsycINFO is available through open access. Since PsycINFO is primarily an abstracting and indexing database, this lets you know that the full-text is available from another publisher just a click away. If you are looking for open access research on APA PsycNET, limit the search using the “Open Access” checkbox.

MeSH – To promote interconnectivity between platforms, the PsycINFO records for items also covered in PubMed will include the Medical Subject Headings used in PubMed’s indexing. This allows users to search PsycINFO using the terms they prefer, or that may be better suited for their research area. On APA PsycNET, the MeSH terms are linked to run a search on PubMed for additional research on the topic.

See all available trainings from APA Databases and Electronic Resources.

Slides from the ALA Annual Lunch & Learn

Our Lunch & Learn at the American Library Association Annual Conference took place on Monday. The session covered:

  • An update on new fields coming to PsycINFO® this summer
  • A brief review of our Topic Guides, which were recently translated into 8 languages
  • Updates on PsycTHERAPY®
  • New publications from APA
  • A review of cited references, including a cross-platform comparison
  • A brief overview of APA Style CENTRAL®, launching in July
  • A review of training and support materials

The presentation included several search demos:

  • APA PsycNET: PsycTHERAPY overview
  • A cross-platform comparison looking at how cited references are presented in PsycINFO on APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest
  • APA Style CENTRAL overview

The slides from this presentation 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.

Exhibits Update: American Library Association

ALA Annual 2016 logoThe American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from June 23-28, 2016. Look for representatives from the American Psychological Association in the exhibit hall, at booth 1743. Stop by to learn more about APA Style CENTRAL®, an exciting new electronic resource for APA Style® that’s launching this summer, and get the latest updates about APA Journals, Books, and Databases.

Exhibit hours:

  • Friday, June 24: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (Opening Reception)
  • Saturday, June 25: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (APA Style CENTRAL Reception at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, June 26: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 27: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Special Events & Training Sessions:
In addition, APA will be hosting several special events and training sessions during the conference:

Lunch & Learn (and more!) at ALA Annual

The American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from June 23-28, 2016. APA will be exhibiting at booth 1743, and Training Specialists are offering two sessions: An Introduction to APA Style CENTRAL™ on Sunday, and our usual APA Lunch & Learn on Monday. Continue reading