APA Database Descriptions

PsycINFO®

Type: Bibliographic with cited references

Brief Description: Citations and abstracts to peer-reviewed material in psychology and related disciplines.

Long Description: Citations and abstracts to material in the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines. This wide range of fields includes medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience, and communications, among others.

Updated weekly, PsycINFO covers nearly 2,500 journals in more than 29 languages from 50+ countries, book chapters and books in the English language, and dissertations.

Users can search by key words or PsycINFO's extensive and detailed online thesaurus for subject searching. In addition, the database is searchable by author, source title, population and age groups, names of tests and measures, and several other categories.

More than 60% of the journals are indexed "cover to cover."

Material Type: Scholarly journals, Books, Book chapters, Dissertations

Format: XML

Language: English

Coverage: Early 1800s to the present

Frequency: Weekly

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Vendors: APA, EBSCO, Hogrefe Publishing Group, Ovid, ProQuest, ProQuest Dialog, and DIMDI

PsycARTICLES®

Type: Full-text journal articles with links to supplemental material

Brief Description: Full-text journal articles in psychology and related disciplines.

Long Description: Full-text professional and academic articles from 72 scholarly journals in psychology and related disciplines published by the American Psychological Association (APA), Hogrefe Publishing Group, the Canadian Psychological Association, and APA's Educational Publishing Foundation. This wide range of fields includes medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience, and communications, among others.

Updated as often as daily, it includes all material from the print journals with the exception of nonarticle content such as ads, covers, and editorial board lists. The file contains nearly 140,000 articles that date back to 1894.

Users can search by key words or take advantage of PsycINFO's extensive and detailed thesaurus for subject searching. In addition, the database is searchable by author, journal title, population type, age group, tests and measures used, and several other categories. Users can also browse by individual journal issues.

Supplemental data not included in the print version are available online.

Material Type: Peer-reviewed journal articles

Format: For issues published from 1985 forward, full text is provided in both PDF and HTML; for issues published prior to 1985, full text is provided in PDF only. Bibliographic data (corresponding PsycINFO records) is provided in HTML.

Language: English

Coverage: 1894 to the present

Frequency: As often as daily

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Vendors: APA, EBSCO, Hogrefe Publishing Group, Ovid, ProQuest

PsycBOOKS®

Type: Full-text books and chapters

Brief Description: Full-text electronic scholarly books in psychology and related disciplines.

Long Description: Full-text professional and academic books and chapters in psychology and related disciplines. This broad range of fields includes medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, neuroscience, and physiology, among others.

Updated monthly, the database contains more than 750 titles from APA (many of which are out of print) and more than 800 classic resources in psychology, as well as more than 1,500 entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.

Each chapter record is fully indexed and users can search by key words or take advantage of PsycINFO's extensive and detailed online thesaurus for subject searching. In addition, the database is searchable by author, book or chapter title, population or age groups, tests and measures used, and several other categories. The database can also be browsed by book title, author, and publication year.

Material Type: Books (including all front and back matter) and book chapters

Format: PDF with MARC 21 records included; bibliographic data XML

Language: English

Coverage: More than 1,600 books, dating back to 1698

Frequency: Monthly

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Vendors: APA, EBSCO, Ovid, ProQuest

PsycEXTRA®

Type: Hybrid: bibliographic with a high percentage of records (70%) containing full text in PDF

Brief Description: Gray literature database in psychology and related disciplines.

Long Description: Citations and abstracts to gray literature in psychology and related disciplines, as well as full text for the majority of documents (the major exception is material from popular magazines and newspapers). This companion to the scholarly PsycINFO database contains material that is distributed outside the peer-review literature by research institutes; psychology labs; associations; councils; federal, state, and local agencies; foundations; societies; and other professional groups.

Updated bi-weekly, the database includes conference proceedings, technical reports, position papers, datasets, newsletters, consumer brochures, and a host of other materials.

Users may search by key words or take advantage of PsycINFO's extensive and detailed online thesaurus for subject searching. In addition, the database is searchable using a number of other fields: bibliographic data, content owner, abstracts, document type, population and age groups, and so on.

Material Type: Professional gray literature material, including conference proceedings, technical reports, government reports, fact sheets, newsletters, brochures, press releases, videos, magazines, newspapers, curricula, bibliographies, directories, and others.

Format: Full text in PDF; bibliographic data XML

Language: English

Coverage: See the PsycEXTRA Fact Sheet for current number of records

Frequency: Bi-weekly

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Vendors: APA, EBSCO, Ovid

PsycCRITIQUES®

Type: Full-text electronic serial

Brief Description: Full-text book reviews and some film and video reviews in psychology and related disciplines.

Long Description: Full-text reviews of current books in psychology and the social sciences, as well as professional videos and popular films from a psychological perspective. Releases occasionally include comparative or retrospective book reviews.

Updated weekly, the fully searchable database also includes all reviews published in the print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books between 1956 (Volume 1, Issue 1) and 2004. In addition, it includes several hundred reviews published in an electronic supplement in 2004. The all-electronic database officially launched in January 2005.

Users can browse the database by author, book or film title, and publication year or they can search using key words, PsycINFO's extensive and detailed thesaurus for subject searching, or by other fields, such as reviewed item or review author.

Material Type: Book, film, and video reviews

Language: English

Frequency: Weekly

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Vendors: APA, EBSCO, Ovid