April 18, 2011

American Psychological Association Announces Value-Added Dictionary Feature for PsycARTICLES® on APA PsycNET®

Click on underlined terms to view pop-up windows with definitions

WASHINGTON—The American Psychological Association (APA) announces the addition of a new dictionary feature in PsycARTICLES when accessed through the APA PsycNET search platform. From within the full text HTML display, APA PsycNET users can click underlined terms in PsycARTICLES to view a pop-up window containing the definition. Approximately 20,000 terms from the APA Dictionary of Psychology have been tagged and integrated to help users better understand the content they are viewing.

“This new value-added feature will be particularly helpful to undergraduate students or interdisciplinary researchers who might not be familiar with certain general or specialized psychological terminology,” remarked Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, APA Publisher. “We are always aiming to improve the quality of the user experience within APA PsycNET and our databases, and we anticipate adding further enhancements on an ongoing basis.”

PsycARTICLES is a database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe Publishing Group. It comprises over 152,000 articles, including the current issue through volume 1 issue 1 for most publications, and spans over a century of essential psychological literature.

APA PsycNET is the full-featured delivery platform designed specifically for APA databases and electronic content. Its cross-searchability and expertly mapped fields provide a rich and powerful search experience.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 154,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.