Resource Spotlight: APA PsycINFO

by Laura Mounce on 2022-07-18T08:30:00-03:00 in Resource Spotlight, Research, Searching, Teaching & Learning | Comments

UPDATED: July 2022. Original Post: August 2017

APA PsycINFO is an important database for anyone working in the fields of mental health, psychology, behavioural research, or addictions. Health professionals conducting research in these fields will find a wealth of information resources in this database on behavioural and social sciences topics.

Developed by the American Psychological Association, APA PsycINFO contains over five million records. These include peer-reviewed journal articles, dissertations, and book chapters. In addition to the latest studies, APA PsycINFO also includes historical research dating back to the 1800s.

APA PsycINFO can be accessed in two ways:

From the Library’s homepage, click on the 'Databases' tab (A) and select 'APA PsycINFO' from the 'Select a database' drop-down menu. From 'Search Sources' in the top menu bar (B),  choose 'Databases' from the dropdown menu. This brings you to the 'Databases A-Z' list, where you can search alphabetically for 'APA PsycINFO'.

Accessing APA PsycINFO from the 'Databases A-Z' list takes the searcher directly to the 'Advanced Search'. From there, the searcher can build a search (C), view the 'APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms' (D) to choose from the controlled vocabulary, or use the 'Citation Matcher' (E) to find a specific record.

On the search results page:

There are options to filter by publication date, publication type, language, full text availability, and more (F). Search results can be sorted in various ways, including by date, relevance, author, or source (G), and can be shared by exporting through email (H).

For more information on searching in APA PsycINFO, check out this quick reference guide: https://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/ebsco.pdf.

If you have any questions about using APA PsycINFO in your work, please reach out to AskLibrary@nshealth.ca, or book a one-on-one consultation with a Library Services team member.

Laura Mounce

Librarian Educator

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