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Beyond Subject Searching

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This training reviews the structure of APA Database records, and covers fields such as Index Terms, Keywords, and Classification Codes.
used PsycINFO

We will also demo how to use PsycINFO to identify the types of research being done at a particular institution, as well as searches for grant / sponsorship and tests & measures.

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Beyond Subject Searching

  1. 1. Beyond Subject Searching in PsycINFO Customer Engagement Training Specialists January 2019
  2. 2. • What’s in PsycINFO? • Searches • Helpful Documentation • Additional Training & Support Today’s Session
  3. 3. Database Facts PsycINFO: Abstracts of over 4.5 million journal articles, book chapters, and dissertations; includes publications from more than 50 countries PsycARTICLES: Full-text from 110 journals published by the APA and al lied publishers PsycBOOKS: Full-text of over 4,300 peer-reviewed books – including th e APA Handbooks in Psychology and an extensive backlist of classic titles
  4. 4. Database Facts PsycTESTS: Information about psychological tests, measures, scales, a nd other assessments – over 44,000 tests represented PsycTHERAPY: Therapy demonstration videos showing clinicians wor king with individuals, couples, and families PsycEXTRA: Reports, conference proceedings, and more from profe ssional sources
  5. 5. What’s In PsycINFO? A discovery tool for the behavioral sciences
  6. 6. American Psychological Association “Our mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.” Getting to PsycINFO 1894: Psychological Index 1927: Psychological Abstracts 1967: PsycINFO launches 1995: PsycINFO reaches 1 million records
  7. 7. Over 4.5 million records for • Journal articles • Book chapters • Dissertations What’s in PsycINFO? Fast Facts: • Journal articles comprise over 70% of PsycINFO • The oldest items are from 1597! • Not a lot before the 1800s, though
  8. 8. How do we select materials for PsycINFO? • Psychological relevance • Peer-review status 99% of titles are peer-reviewed Article selection criteria • Cover-to-cover: article & non-article content • All articles • Mixed coverage Content Development Team holds monthly journal evaluation meetings.
  9. 9. Finding Coverage Lists Online • PsycINFO journal coverage list • PsycINFO: Currently covered neuroscience titles (PDF) • PsycINFO: Journals indexed cover-to-cover • PsycARTICLES coverage list • PsycARTICLES journal history traces the history of journals from their inception to present (PDF)
  10. 10. PsycINFO Record Structure
  11. 11. Searchable Fields in PsycINFO • Abstract • All Text • Author • ISBN • ISSN • Journal Title • Publication Date • Subject Terms • Title
  12. 12. Searchable Fields in PsycINFO • Abstract • Accession Number • Age Group • All Text • Author • Author Affiliations • Author Identifier • Book Type • Classification Code • Clinical Trial Number • Conference Information • Data Set • Dissertation Number • Document Type • DOI • Grant / Sponsorship • Impact Statement • Intended Audience • ISBN • ISSN • Issue • Journal Title • Keywords • Language • Location • Methodology • MeSH Term • NLM Title Abbreviation • Notes • Open Access • Population • Publication Date • Publication Type • Publisher • PubMed ID • Release Date • Reviewed Author • Reviewed Item • Series Title • Source Title Translation • Subject Terms • Supplemental Data • Table of contents • Tests & Measures • Title • Volume • Word in Major Subject Heading
  13. 13. Searching PsycINFO Finding articles is the easy part!
  14. 14. Keywords • individual words or brief phrases that describe the document’s content • usually provided by the author or publisher • natural language. Good for researchers who are new to a topic. PsycINFO Classification • describe the subfield or main theme • a term plus a corresponding numerical code • chosen from pre-existing list, or controlled vocabulary. Good to pair with keywords or index terms. http://bit.ly/APAClassCodes The PsycINFO® Vocabularies Index Terms • chosen by APA staff from Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®. Good for the focused researcher.
  15. 15. Limits and Value Added Fields
  16. 16. Limits for Precise Results • Document Type • Methodology • Population Group • Age Group • Supplemental Material • Geographic Location
  17. 17. Value added fields • Conference information • PubMed Identifier • Grant/sponsorships* • Author affiliation & correspondence address* • Tests & Measures*
  18. 18. • Search by topic, sponsor organization, or grant number to identify funding sources Grants/Sponsorships
  19. 19. • What kind of research is happening at an institution? • What are some recent dissertation topics from this program? Who were the advisors? • Where are the experts on this topic affiliated? Author Affiliation
  20. 20. • How has this measure been used? • Can I find some tests related to my area of interest? Tests & Measures
  21. 21. • Who has cited this work? • How can I move forward and back along the research timeline? Citations
  22. 22. Live Search Demos
  23. 23. Look Like An Expert Training Resources from APA
  24. 24. Field Guide Access the APA Databases Field Guide at http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/field-guide.aspx
  25. 25. Record Structure Access the APA Databases Record Structure (PDF) at http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/record-structure.pdf
  26. 26. http://www.apa.org/librarians
  27. 27. http://blog.apapubs.org
  28. 28. • Supporting professional development for early- and mid-career librarians • Three $750 awards per year • http://bit.ly/APALibTravel Librarian Conference Travel Awards
  29. 29. PsycINFO® Quick Reference Guides
  30. 30. Video Tutorials http://www.youtube.com/psycinfo
  31. 31. Now available in: • Chinese • French • German • Italian • Portuguese • Russian • Spanish • Turkish Topic Guides http://bit.ly/APATopicGuides
  32. 32. • Record Structure & Field Guide • Coverage Lists • Search Guides • Classification Code Lists • Presentations on Slideshare • PsycINFO® Listserv (announcements only) Additional Materials http://bit.ly/APAtraining
  33. 33. Patti Avellanet-- pdelande@apa.org Marta Soto – msoto@apa.org Questions? APA Publishing Customer Engagement 800-374-2722 | psycinfo@apa.org 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Thank You!
  34. 34. Our most recent session has ended. Please check the schedule for upcoming dates and times, if available. Download the slides (bottom right) for a link to a recorded version of the session. The webinar schedule is provided in US Eastern Time. Check your local time when registering. APA Publishing Customer Engagement 800-374-2722 | psycinfo@apa.org 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Beyond Subject Searching in PsycINFO

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