APA Announces Addition of Archival Journals; New Database; New Web Site

Jul 08, 2005

The American Psychological Association has announced that nearly 100 years of issues from 24 APA journals will be added to PsycARTICLES, a full-text database in psychology. PsycARTICLES currently extends through 1985. The PsycARTICLES 1894-1984 archive will be available to all PsycARTICLES licensees at no additional charge over the regular published annual data fees for PsycARTICLES in effect at the time of initial licensing or renewal. For institutional licensees, the PsycARTICLES archive will launch first on APA PsycNET and will then become available on other platforms as vendors load the archive and integrate it with their existing implementations of PsycARTICLES.

The APA has announced a forthcoming reload of the PsycINFO abstract database that will make it easier to retrieve specific types of documents, particular research methodologies, and psychometric instruments. Because PsycINFO is integrated with APA's suite of five databases, the reload will attempt to improve searching of PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, and PsycCRITIQUES.

Among enhancements that the reload will bring to PsycINFO are:

  • A Publication Type field, which will simplify searching for the documents abstracted in PsycINFO by their "top level" medium—journal, book, dissertation abstract, and so forth
  • A Document Type field, a subset of Publication Type that indicates the specific component of the document, such as journal article, book chapter, letter to the editor, editorial, or book review
  • A Methodology Type field, which will enable users to search for particular categories of research studies, such as clinical case reports, empirical studies, and literature reviews
  • A Test/Survey Appended tag to identify documents that include psychometric instruments
  • An Auxiliary Material field that will combine the previous Supplemental Data and Auxiliary Material Included fields and indicate the availability of data sets, videos, CDs, study guides, and more

The new fields, as well as new descriptors from the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, will be mapped back fully to older PsycINFO records. The reload file will be available to vendors in August 2005.

The APA has also announced the debut of a new Web site to support librarians at institutions using APA databases, print books and journals, and related products. The APA Librarian's Resource Center provides detailed information about APA's PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, and PsycCRITIQUES databases, as well as other APA electronic resources such as APA-Style Helper, the APA Online Membership Directory, Graduate Study in Psychology Online, and more. It also provides links to information about other APA resources such as the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the Concise Rules of APA Style. The site will also integrate Information from the library's perspective about APA's print journals and books.

The site is designed to meet the needs of librarians through all phases of their work with APA resources, from initial evaluation of products for purchasing decisions to promoting products to library constituents, managing database installations, and training fellow librarians, faculty, and students on best search practices. Available resources include: basic fact sheets on the content and file structure of each APA database; brief and detailed product descriptions; MARC records to support cataloging of full-text documents available in APA databases; samples of APA's licensing terms and conditions; point-of-use search guides and a narrative user guide.