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 the PsycINFO SlideShare account.
At the recent American Library Association Midwinter conference, APA hosted a Lunch & Learn training session, which covered searchable vocabularies in PsycINFO®.
Keywords are searched using natural language, and are good for current research and new concepts.
Index Terms (also called Subject Headings) are found in the thesaurus tool, and help the focused researcher quickly find all records about a concept.
PsycINFO Classification Codes® describe broad areas of psychology, and are good to pair with a keyword or an index term search.
MeSH, or Medical Subject Headings, are assigned by National Library of Medicine, and are good for searching neuroscience and health topics, especially for researchers familiar with PubMed.
This year’s session will include a look at keywords, index terms, and other searchable vocabularies on PsycINFO across multiple platforms, including a look at the new APA PsycNET interface. We’ll demonstrate APA Style CENTRAL’s Writing center, showing how a student would use it to start a paper, add citations and references, find contextual help, run checks, collaborate, and adjust paper settings.
Be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend. Walk-ins are always welcome, but priority will be given to participants who register in advance. Please note that we will be unable to admit family members or others who are traveling with you.
If you can’t attend the session, please stop for a demo and updates at Booth 1446.
We are pleased to announce that a revised version of APA PsycNET® Help files is now available to support the July 2017 platform update. Help files were updated to reflect the new user-interface changes related to responsive design, content discovery, and search tools.
PsycNET Help is available at top-right of the screen, next to the Login link:
The APA PsycNET Help module includes detailed information about:
Getting Started with APA PsycNET, including database descriptions
Basic and Advanced Search, including fields, filters, and display options
Cited References searching
Search results, including searching, managing, filtering, and finding full text
Managing Searches, including email alerts, RSS feeds, and permalinks
Recent searches, My PsycNET, and MyList
Browse function for each database
APA Thesaurus, including why & how to incorporate it into your search
Additional search options, including Lookup tools, Boolean operators, truncation, and more.