Getting Started with APA PsycTests: Search Smarter, Not Harder!

APA PsycTests An unparalleled resource for psychological tests and measures

The final piece in our Getting Started with APA PsycTests series to help users become familiar with APA PsycTests®, this post provides tips for searching more precisely and finding test-related research. Check out the first two posts for more information: What is APA PsycTests, and How Can It Help Me? and FAQ’s – Using a Test You’ve Found.

Maybe this sounds familiar: You need to find a test for your research project, but last time it took longer than you thought it would to find something useful. You want to learn how to search more effectively so you can find what you need faster. This post will show you how! It covers:

  • Why and how to search APA PsycTests by itself;
  • Exploring fields and limiters for more precise search results; and
  • Using the source citation information in the database record to find related research about how the test has been used before
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Webinar Alert: APA PsycInfo® Basic and Advanced Search for Students & Faculty (3/26, 4/2)

Research APA PsycInfo like a pro!

Interested in strengthening your APA database searching skills? Join us for the next round of APA PsycInfo webinars designed for students, faculty, and anyone else who wants to learn more about how to search APA PsycInfo more effectively!

The 30-minute APA PsycInfo – Basic Search session includes live search demos and provides search tips and strategies to help you locate more relevant results in less time.

The 30-minute APA PsycInfo – Advanced Search session explores a few of the added-value fields in APA PsycInfo and using them to uncover much more than journal articles. Search demos will demonstrate how to identify what research is happening at which institutions; finding new journals in which to publish your work; information about tests used in related research; and potential funding opportunities for your project.

Search tips and strategies covered in both sessions are relevant to all search platforms — APA PsycNet®, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest.

The sessions may be attended separately, but we encourage you to take both if you are interested!

You can register with GoTo Webinar for one of the following times:

These webinars are an ideal way for students to get a refresher on APA PsycInfo if they have had a previous training session. Please help us spread the word to interested students and faculty!

Can’t attend a scheduled session?

Webinar Alert: Spring APA PsycInfo® Sessions for Librarians (2/26, 3/27, 4/28)

Research APA PsycInfo like a pro!

Join us this spring for a Beyond Subject Searching webinar – designed for librarians and other expert users of APA PsycInfo. Whether you’re looking to expand your search skills or just need a refresher, we hope you’ll join us!

This 45-minute session includes a behind the scenes look at the APA PsycInfo record structure and live search demos.

Learn how to use APA PsycInfo for more than just locating articles, such as identifying the types of research being done at a particular institution and finding journals in which to publish new work.

We’ll also search for information on grants and sponsorships, on tests and measures, and we’ll highlight our Record Structure and Field Guide — tools that can help you become your library’s APA PsycInfo expert.

You can register with GoTo Webinar for one of the following times.

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM EDT
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

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Getting Started with APA PsycTests: What Is It, and How Can It Help Me?

APA PsycTests An unparalleled resource for psychological tests and measures

This is the first post in a short series for anyone wanting to become familiar with APA PsycTests®. Today we’ll cover what you’ll find in APA PsycTests, how to begin your search for a test, and resources to learn more about searching APA PsycTests. 


Are you looking for a test to use in your research, or planning to develop your own? We have a database that can help!

APA PsycTests provides detailed information about the use of thousands of tests, scales, and measures reported in the behavioral sciences literature. Designed to connect researchers, students, educators, librarians, and practitioners with assessment tools, APA PsycTests is an ideal starting point for a new research project, helping you to avoid “reinventing the wheel” as you’re considering your metrics.

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Tour of APA Style CENTRAL Platform Updates

If you’re a student, educator, instructor, or researcher using APA Style CENTRAL, we invite you to watch a video tour of 15 APA Style CENTRAL updates to learn about recent additions designed to facilitate your work and save you time.

This 45-minute webinar recording includes demonstrations of five major updates released this past spring, including:

We also highlight 10 additional enhancements to the Learning, Research, and Writing Centers that we’ve made since APA Style CENTRAL launched in July 2016:

  • Improved Spell Check
  • Importing tables from Microsoft Word
  • Verify Information tool for importing references and tables
  • Tutorial sections in the Learning Center
  • Transcripts of Quick Guides and Tutorials
  • Importing references from RIS files into My References
  • Adding reference books in the Research Center to My References
  • Viewing reference types and sorting by Reference Type
  • Adding searchable notes to any saved reference
  • Exporting References from APA Style CENTRAL

New features and improvements in APA Style CENTRAL are often rooted in user feedback, and the product development team carefully considers any change suggested by our customers. Please let us know what you think of APA Style CENTRAL or if you have an idea for an enhancement that would help you!

 

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