PsycINFO Volume 31
PsycINFO News: How Are We Doing?
his is the last issue of 2012, and as we prepare to start the next volume of the PsycINFO News (Vol. 32!), it seems like a good time to find out how well this publication is doing its job keeping you informed. We took a look back at the newsletter, which started as a print product in 1981 mailed to a list. By 1995 we’d made the leap to the Web, and a PDF version of the newsletter was available for download. Differences in technology aside, the nature of the content has been relatively consistent over the years. We’ve concentrated on keeping you informed of training events, new products available, documentation resources, and sample searches. For a look at how times have changed, here is what a neuropsychological assessment search (on CD-ROM as well as online) on the Ovid platform from Volume 15 in 1995 looked like:
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PsycINFO News: How Are
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PsycTESTS; ALA Midwinter; Journal Publication Schedules Have You Seen the Free Search Help Resources for Students Available from APA? Get More: Webinar Training; Student Training
overnment Agency G Materials in PsycEXTRA! In Search of: Using Fields and Limits in PsycTESTS New From APA: Searchable Conferences Field; PsycTESTS Population Groups
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It looks better today, doesn’t it? Over time, the newsletter issues have become more frequent (six times a year instead of four) and waxed and waned in size. At times we’ve tried to cover issues of broader interest to information professionals, such as our relationship with HINARI, an examination of the APA–vendor relationship, and embedded librarians. More recently, we’ve gone for a shorter, sleeker, newsletter with interactive features. One thing we’ve never done in any detail, however, is ask your opinion about the newsletter. Are we giving you useful information? How much or little of it do you actually read? Is there something else you’d like to see? Is the format workable? Is it convenient? Is six times a year reasonable or was four fine? So we’re giving you a little notice: In the first issue of 2013 we’ll be including a link to a survey about the newsletter. We hope you’ll be willing to take a few minutes to help us make this newsletter as useful a tool as possible. As always, thank you for all you do.
Get More: New Records in PsycTESTS®: If you have access to PsycTESTS on the APA PsycNET platform, you can receive an email alert every time we add new records. Simply log in to your My PsycNET account, click on the PsycALERTS tab, and select PsycTESTS Updates. Check off the box next to “Notify me when a PsycTESTS update is published” and you’ll receive an email when we add new test records.
ALA Midwinter: As always, representatives from APA will be at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. For details about our special events, visit http://bit.ly/PIexhibits Journal Publication Schedules: In 2013, three APA journals will begin publishing more frequently. Developmental Psychology and Health Psychology will both begin to publish monthly. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain will begin publishing quarterly, in March, June, September and December.
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Have You Seen the Free Search Help Resources for Students Available From APA?
id you know that APA offers a host of free teaching tools for psychology research that are perfect for undergraduate students? Not only can you find video tutorials, training webinars, and reference guides that will help students learn how to efficiently search scholarly research databases, but you can provide links to website materials, podcasts, and application guides that will help them explore topics in psychology and human behavior.
Improving Research Skills Let’s start with the materials you can use to help them improve their research skills: Video Tutorials are a terrific resource. We create them for all major platforms that provide access to the APA databases. For example, if your institution uses EBSCOhost, this video will explain why and how to use the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms in under 3 minutes. We have more than 80 videos, all available on YouTube, that clearly and quickly demonstrate practical tips for using the databases. Just visit http:// www.youtube.com/user/PsycINFO and look for the playlist for your platform. In addition, APA grants permission for librarians or other research instructors to link to these tutorials from your own websites and other resources intended to assist students and researchers in their work. Would a webinar aimed at the new researcher in psychology be useful? Just ask. If you have at least 10 students who could benefit, one of the PsycINFO Department trainers would be happy to customize a session. This free training is available on our databases on the major platforms (APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, OvidSP, and ProQuest) between the hours of 8:30 and 5:30 Eastern Time. Just email us at [email protected]
and we’ll contact you to discuss your needs. For the student or faculty member on the go, you can provide Quick Reference Guides for PsycINFO® that fold to the size of a credit card for quick referral. Email us at [email protected]
and tell us what platform you use and how many you would like (up to 500), and we will ship them out – free of charge!
You will also find PDF versions posted on our website. You can link them to your LibGuides or learning management systems, or print them directly if you’re in a hurry!
Exploring Topics in Psychology and Human Behavior Not surprisingly, one of the best places to go for information about psychology and human behavior content is the APA website itself. Linked to our homepage at www.apa.org you’ll find information about psychology topics, a psychology newswire, and links to the most viewed content on the website. Students curious about the kind of content available in the APA databases can explore the archives of search examples and accompanying podcasts. Content is available for PsycEXTRA®, our gray literature database that contains very current information and hot topics; for PsycBOOKS® classic books, which examine the fascinating history and core theories of psychology and related disciplines; and PsycCRITIQUES®, which provides current reviews of important new works in psychology. PsycCRITIQUES is a terrific source for teachers to who are looking for course material and students who are looking for topics. You may subscribe to the podcasts from our webpage or iTunes. Our Application Guides also give search hints and examples for a variety of topics found in PsycINFO and PsycEXTRA. For example, you can find guides on content ranging from consumer psychology and marketing to neuroscience to religion and spirituality to sports. And we always value your input. Like what you see? Let us know. Have an idea for a new topic or training product? Please contact us with questions, ideas, and suggestions. We can be reached at [email protected]
Get More: Webinar Training: New online training sessions announced through May 2013: http://www.apa. org/pubs/databases/training/webinars.aspx Student Training: Did you know that we offer webinars for students? We’d like to revitalize them and would appreciate your input on what topics might be useful. Send a note to [email protected]
Government Agency Materials in PsycEXTRA®
aterials from many government agencies – federal, state and local – are available in PsycEXTRA. But did you know you can also find information from our international counterparts? It will come as no surprise that health policy researchers look at the reports and materials produced by governments around the world. In this issue, we’ll take a look at materials from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing. The Department of Health and Ageing is focused on policy advising and research for a wide variety of issues, such as hospital funding, national drug strategy, blood and organ donor policy, health promotion and more. Their purpose, as stated on their website, is to foster “better health and active ageing for all Australians.” Searching by Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing as Content Owner, I found materials dating back to 1989, though more than half are from the last 10 years. As of November 2012, every result for this content owner has the full text available! Taking a closer look at the results, I found many fact sheets and patient handouts, and lots of reports. Several editions of Australia’s national standards and guidelines for mental health services and policy are available, allowing the researcher to trace the development of these policies from the present day back to 1992. One of the more recent reports available looked at models of care for children and young adults with mental health problems. I also spotted an analysis of the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak, in which the department explores the country’s response to the virus, and makes recommendations for the future. In looking through the results, it becomes clear that one big focus of the Department has been drug and alcohol abuse. There are a variety of fact sheets available, as well as curricula for working with children and young adults, focusing on education as well as rehabilitation – certainly a gold mine for anyone in the US who is trying to develop a similar program.
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In Search of: Using Fields and Limits in PsycTESTS
e are pleased to announce that our PsycTESTS database is now available on all of our major platform vendors. PsycTESTS has a unique set of fields and limits, and taking advantage of them is the key to finding a useful set of search results. We’ll go over the fields and limits available, and also show you where the full test instrument is located on each of the platforms. To view the tutorial, please visit http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=UM-NZ9YVut8
New From APA: Searchable Conferences Field: We have recently added “Conference” as a searchable field on the Advanced Search Screen for APA PsycNET. The field is available for PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES®, PsycBOOKS and PsycEXTRA. PsycTESTS Population Groups: A recent update to PsycTESTS expanded the fields examined for “Population” searches. When searching only PsycTESTS, choosing the Population field will search both the Population and Population Details fields.
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