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At the ACRL meeting this month, we presented a Lunch & Learn training session covering updates and search tips for APA’s databases.
The presentation covered the recent thesaurus update, upcoming changes to the PsycTESTS database, and features of the My PsycNET platform manager.
Live demos included the following example searches:
using thesaurus terms
updating a saved search with the new thesaurus terms
using PsycINFO’s tests & measures field to find a known test
recently released an update to the Thesaurus
of Psychological Index Terms. The Thesaurus provides precise and consistent
terminology for searching all APA research databases. We added 305 new “preferred”
Index Terms and approximately 70 new non-postable or “use” references*.
Each item in the APA databases – journal articles, books and book chapters, dissertations, and more – is represented by a record that is indexed, or tagged, with Index Terms from the Thesaurus. The use of a controlled vocabulary allows someone searching a database to quickly find all items about a specific concept — such as Animal Behavior, Marginalized Groups, or Prescription Drug Misuse — no matter what terminology or keywords the authors used.
areas, technologies, and social issues as well as changing nomenclature, this
updated vocabulary will provide users with more targeted and efficient search
and discovery. Additionally, we added new terminology in the expanding areas of
psychological assessment, psychometrics, and research methods. You can view
more details on our web page, What’s New in the
2019 Update, including a link to the full
list of new and updated Index Terms (PDF, 135KB).
On January 17, 2019, the APA PsycNET platform will be upgraded to HTTPS. This enhancement provides our customers with improved security, and current platform users should not see any changes in functionality.
Although APA will implement a permanent redirect from HTTP to HTTPS, institutional subscribers using a proxy solution may need to adjust their configurations to ensure continued access to the APA PsycNET platform. All users should update links or shortcuts to reflect the HTTPS protocol.
What You Need to Know The move to HTTPS will require about an hour of downtime on January 17, 2019 during which the APA PsycNET platform will be unavailable. Details about this maintenance window will be posted on the platform approximately one week ahead of the release.
To transition your institutional logos for co-branding, move the files for your institutional logo, link resolver, and/or ILL icons to a secure server and then update these image URLs in the APA PsycNET Admin Center (admincenter.apa.org).
Configuring Web Access Management (WAM) If your library uses WAM, please coordinate with your campus IT department to ensure your proxy has access to a security certificate. Note that your security certificate must include your proxy URL, which may be different from your campus website address. For WAM configuration, please use the following APA PsycNET URL: https://psycnet.apa.org.