Top Ten Training Tutorials

Here are the top ten APA Databases tutorial videos on YouTube for the first six months of 2013.

In the last year, we've been working hard to update our existing video tutorials, and add a variety of new tutorials. As this is written, to date we've added 21 new tutorials, and there are several more in the pipeline.

We keep an eye on the statistics that YouTube provides, as it's a good indication to us of what types of things viewers are finding useful.

Here are the top ten videos, by number of views, for the first six months of 2013 (we've also provided total number of views for each video):

  • 10. Citing PsycTESTS in APA Style – 253 views (lifetime: 2,228)
  • 9. Find Three Peer-Reviewed Empirical Articles in PsycINFO via EBSCOhost – 277 views (lifetime: 560)
  • 8. How (and Why) to use the APA Thesaurus When Searching PsycINFO via EBSCOhost – 279 views (lifetime: 551)
  • 7. Format a Citation in APA Style using EBSCOhost – 289 views (lifetime: 1,673)
  • 6. Sample PsycINFO Search on OvidSP – 300 views (lifetime: 330)
  • 5. Sample PsycINFO Search on APA PsycNET – 320 views (lifetime: 373)
  • 4. Sample PsycINFO Search on EBSCOhost – 424 views (lifetime: 565)
  • 3. PsycINFO on EBSCOhost: In Search of Tests and Measures – 595 views (lifetime: 4,335)
  • 2. Using the Methodology Limiter in PsycINFO on OvidSP – 703 views (lifetime: 706)

And the number one video, by a factor of 10 as compared to the second place tutorial:

  • 1. How to Find DOIs in APA PsycINFO – 7,743 views (lifetime: 35,618)

Almost 95% of the views for that last video come from the APA Style website, but all of the rest are coming from institutional domains and libguides.com.

It's interesting for us to look at these numbers (which we do monthly). Here, we can also see that the sample search videos are popular. Comparing the views for the first six months of 2013 to the lifetime views of each video also shows us that the top ten list is a mix of newer and older videos.

We can look at a variety of other analytics for these videos, including the average view duration. There's a pretty wide range, here. For our top-rated video, on average people are watching just over 50% of the tutorial. But viewers are watching 99.6% of "How to Find Literature Reviews with APA PsycNET," which means they're probably watching all of the content, and clicking away at the wrap-up. Viewers are watching almost three-quarters of our third place video. On the flip side, there are also some averages falling below 30%.

The videos are posted on the APA website, as well as on YouTube. In both locations we've divided them up by platform, but on YouTube we've created quite a few additional playlists, which you can link or embed as well. For example, we were able to quickly create a playlist featuring the Top Ten videos as reported in this article. Take a look at the sidebar for links.

We hope you find these videos useful, both for keeping your own skills sharp and for sharing with students and faculty. Please feel free to link or embed them at will!

If you have ideas for topics we haven't covered, we're all ears. Email us and let us know what you'd like to see.