PsycEXTRA® is a unique database that combines bibliographic records with full-text professional and lay-audience literature such as legal testimony and amicus briefs, reports, conference materials, popular magazines, factsheets, grants, and web materials. It is the premier resource for information and data for cutting-edge research and practice in the behavioral and social sciences and an archive of gray literature documenting psychology's development.
What you can expect from PsycEXTRA
- Cutting-edge research found in 29 document types that range from amicus briefs to website materials and now include material as varied as dissertations, grants, patents, clinical trials, and standards. Because PsycEXTRA is outside of the peer-review system, it can provide and index materials well before the ideas appear in published journals
- Current information is provided on urgent issues from treating PTSD and traumatic brain injury in returning soldiers, to intervening in gang violence, to reporting on issues related to events such as the Deep Water Oil Spill and the Arab Spring. Visit our archive of content searches for dozens of examples of PsycEXTRA searches.
- Data are provided by states, with 47 states and the District of Columbia represented, and by many government organizations, including the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the National Science Foundation, the Peace Corps, and the U. S. Supreme Court.
- International materials are increasingly represented in the database. with countries represented include Australia, Canada, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and many international organizations, such as the United Nations and World Health Organization.
- APA, its Divisions, the Psychological Regional Associations, and numerous other organizations dedicated to research in psychology are represented.
- A single resource devoted to structuring scattered and hard-to-find content from a wide variety of sources including associations, research institutes, the military, foundations, governments, and more
- Bibliographic records and full text (where available) for various document types such as grants, research reports, policy statements, consumer brochures, newsletters, popular magazines, position papers, multimedia, and more
- Meticulously indexed with controlled vocabulary from the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®
- Content from an ever-growing list of leading academic and research institutions; national, state, and regional psychological associations; federal agencies; international offices and government, and more
- Technical information, including data sets, patents, and reports, and conference materials, including abstracts, presentations, and programs, are provided by doctoral-level psychologists and other scholars
- Key practitioner information is provided, such as resources on record keeping, salary data, treatment best practice guidelines, and new course and training opportunities
- Consumer information fact sheets and brochures on topics such as teen driving safety, needs of military members and their families, diet and obesity, smoking cessation, depression and suicide risk, and HIV
- Formerly ephemeral or fugitive literature archived to assure ongoing access
- Access to other works by same author
- Inclusion in PsycEXTRA is nonexclusive, so authors retain copyright
|Database Type||Bibliographic and full text (over 70% full text)|
|Record Type||Bibliographic and full text records for psychological gray literature (various types of research and literature existing outside of peer review)|
|Number of Records||316,000+ records|
|Content Types||Research reports, policy statements, annual reports, curricula, standards, videos, conference papers and abstracts, fact sheets, consumer brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, directories, popular magazines, white papers, patents, grant information, webpages, and blogs|
|Content Owners||A summary list of content owners that groups content owners by organization type|
|Record Format||HTML and PDF (where available)|
|Notes||PsycEXTRA is a complement to PsycINFO® and there is no overlap of records|
The PsycEXTRA® database is produced and copyrighted by the American Psychological Association (APA). All rights reserved.
Information current as of April 2015
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- Subscription Access – PsycEXTRA is included in a subscription to APA PsycNET® Gold, APA PsycNET Gold Plus, and APA PsycNET Platinum. Each subscription package provides comprehensive access to quality research at an affordable price.
- On-Demand Access – 24 hours of search time for a small fee, including access to full-text content
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