Audio and Video Podcasting With PsycINFO
APA PsycNET Tips
Since 2009 the PsycINFO YouTube channel has provided search examples and other how-to videos for using APA databases on multiple vendor platforms. The positive feedback we have received for these tutorials has encouraged us to branch out.
In May 2010, we launched a new video podcast series: APA PsycNET Tips!
APA PsycNET Tips represents a first for APA: a video podcast simultaneously available in the PsycLIT® Search Help and Training Center, YouTube, and iTunes. Each 30–60-second episode demonstrates a feature of the APA PsycNET platform or provides a tip on using multiple features of the platform to create efficient and effective searches. Topics will include hints about PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, PsycCRITIQUES, APA PsycSCANS, the APA Books E-Collections, and more.
And, as new features are added to the APA PsycNET platform, they will also be highlighted in future episodes of this video podcast. The PsycTESTS database is just one of several exciting additions we will introduce in future episodes.
We also hope this will be a truly social media experience for APA PsycNET users. On both the YouTube Channel and the iTunes page, viewers have the opportunity to shape future episodes by making suggestions and asking questions in the comments.
Audio Podcasts: Exploring PsycEXTRA and PsycCRITIQUES Through Their Content
In January 2007 the PsycINFO team began providing a monthly email announcement to highlight content recently added to APA's PsycEXTRA database. That content was also added to the Archive of PsycEXTRA Sample Searches Podcasts page on the APA web site.
In April 2009 we expanded the announcements in two ways: first, we began to construct the announcements as searches on topics in the news at the time the announcement was made, and second, we began to release them as audio podcasts as well as email announcements.
In September 2009 we also began a monthly announcement and podcast relating to the reviews in the PsycCRITIQUES database. Listeners can subscribe to the podcasts either at the PsycLIT® Search Help and Training Center or iTunes.
From the first PsycEXTRA email announcement that examined characteristics of victims of crimes to our most recent podcast focused on data relevant to evidence-based practice in the database, topics of searches have ranged across the behavioral sciences. The PsycCRITIQUES series too explores fascinating data, covering searches ranging from film reviews to examinations of historical literature on teen rebellion and social reactions to birth control to examinations of content related to environmental change.
This tag cloud of podcast keywords to this point shows some of the range:
And more topics are added each month. Look also for a series of announcements and podcasts that focus on our fascinating historic documents available in APA PsycBOOKS classic book materials that will be forthcoming.
You can subscribe to our audio podcasts — as well as to the PsycCRITIQUES blog and our training tutorials — from our Facebook page.
In the months to come, we plan to repurpose the podcasts and email announcements to become part of a library of topically relevant content available to you and to students to help spark ideas about research topics and suggest some resources available for research.
If you have suggestions for a podcast or a specific content search, please contact us and share your ideas.