Psychology and Education @St. Thomas

February 13, 2015

Finding Videos on Psychotherapy at UST

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 12:14 am

Have you wondered what videos we have at St.Thomas on therapy and counseling? Do you want to find the perfect video on motivational interviewing with people with alcoholism? We have loads of videos, both streaming and in a physical form.

You can search in Summon (our database that includes a large percentage of what we have), CLICnet (to find DVDs that you can hold in your hand), or Counseling & Therapy in Videos (2 databases that have materials specifically on therapy and counseling).

We have so much, it can be hard to find exactly what you want. This tutuorial should help you! And you can always ask me to help!

Here’s how to find them:


September 24, 2013

Criminal Justice Abstract Tutorial with transcript

Filed under: Databases,Research Techniques — merriealynn @ 9:05 pm

How do you search databases? This is a basic tutorial, using Criminal Justice Abstracts as an example.

And I’m also including the original Powerpoint presentation with a transcript of the tutorial.

As always, let me know if you have a question!

August 21, 2013

Citation Searching: Finding Articles into the Future

Filed under: Citations,Databases,Research Techniques — merriealynn @ 5:59 pm

Citation Searching: Finding Articles into the Future

You’re probably used to looking at the references in a paper and finding the articles that the author read to help them analyze their data and interpret their results. This is great for finding seminal articles, but they just get older and older. You want to know what’s happening now!

How about finding out who read the article you have in your hand to understand their own data? That would mean you’d be moving into the future!

Most databases now let you click on a link and see who cited it. Here’s what that looks like in Ebsco databases, like Criminal Justice Full Text, Academic Source Premier, ERIC, or SocINDEX. The link to these articles will be in a slightly different place in other databases, like PsycINFO.

Finding Older and Newer Articles based on the article you found

Good luck. Have fun. And contact me if you’d like some help or more information!

July 24, 2013

InterLibrary Loan: Where do your books come from?

Filed under: Books,Libraries and Librarians,Library Services — merriealynn @ 4:58 pm

What’s the greatest thing about libraries? We share almost everything with each other!

Here at the University of St. Thomas, we share our collection with other libraries of the ACTC schools. Searching our catalog brings results from the other schools. A click on the Request link starts the process that ends with the courier bringing the book to your favorite CLIC library where you can check it out.

But if no CLIC library owns your book or subscribes to your journal?

books from UST, CLIC, Minitex, the US, the world

Our InterLibrary Loan department rocks harder than any I’ve seen.

Faith Bonitz and Lindsey Loree borrow books from everywhere. And with about 60 requests per day, they get requests for almost anything.

The UST libraries also participate in the Minitex network which makes it easy for us to get books and articles from academic and public libraries in Minnesota.

Generally,  they get books and papers for you mostly from the University of Minnesota. It’s close and, as a state university, has the obligation to assist all of Minnesota’s citizens. But even the U doesn’t have everything. Soooo……

Around once or twice a month, we borrow books from around the world: France, the UK, Taiwan, Australia, and everywhere else.


Maps showing that books are lent to UST from all over the world

ILL is the Travel Agent for Books

July 12, 2013

Longer Checkout Periods for Grad Students and Faculty!

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 7:18 pm

Need your books longer?

Check Out Periods for Books Extended

Books from the University of St. Thomas Libraries have Longer Check Out Periods!

Starting July 15th

UST Circulating Collection

120 day check out period

1 renewal for 120 days

**CLIC, ILL loan rules vary in length

***Same billing fees apply

June 13, 2013

Diagnostic & Statistics Manual, 5th edition (DSM5) on Psychiatry Online (and the ICD-10)

Filed under: Databases,Research Topics — merriealynn @ 8:01 pm

DSM5 coverWell, if you have anything to do with psychology, counseling, or diagnosing psychiatric disorders, you probably know that the new DSM5 has been published. And published amid a lot of hullaballoo. (We have the DSM5 online through Psychiatry Online. Have fun reading through it!)

The director of NIMH, Dr. Thomas R. Insel, announced that grants would preferentially go to researchers who decided against using the DSM5 to categorize their participant pool. Instead, he encourages researchers to look at biological markers that distinguish among participants. NIMH backpedaled a bit later, stating that the DSM was the best resource we have at the moment.

Many researchers, counselors, and therapists have responded with whole-hearted delight. They are  hoping that the definitions of mental illnesses will be based on research, especially genetic and other biological information, rather than on what people feel are similar disorders. But they also want these disorders to be seen as social/spiritual/interpersonal issues. Insel’s statement fails to address this aspect of the DSM.

Social/spiritual interpretations of mental illness defeat chemical definitions because the DSM5 has sunk their boat

By Don Piraro at

I think this is quite interesting. My feeling has always been that once the causes of a psychiatric illness are determined to be biological, that disease is generally considered a neurological, rather than psychiatric disorder. So Alzheimer’s is now considered a neurological disorder. It’s given more respect as an illness, and generally taken from the purvey of psychiatrists and given to neurologists to treat, though they are still listed in the DSM.

On the other hand, “disorders” that we don’t find a biological or genetic marker for will probably be considered to be social or psychological in origin and not a real illness. But as my adviser in grad school said, anything experienced will imprint in some way on the brain. A biological marker doesn’t necessarily mean an etiology. Of course, it’s cyclical — a change in the brain affects the emotional state of the owner of the brain.

Anyway, have fun with the DSM5. Earlier versions are also posted on Psychiatry Online, so you can easily compare the DSM IV-TR with the newer version.

Mental health providers will be reporting using the ICD-10 classification. The ICD used to be published on PsychiatryOnline, but I can no longer find it there. However, we’ll be getting books on using the ICD-10 online in a few weeks. So you’ll be able to find all the information and help you’ll need on the library’s website. (The DSM5 does list the ICD-10 codes next to their own codes.)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website has a lot of help for providers and others for transitioning to the ICD-10.

Let me know if you need anything. I’m here to help!

April 10, 2013

Why can Librarians Find Stuff that Other People Don’t?

Filed under: Libraries and Librarians,Research Techniques — merriealynn @ 7:48 pm

Yesterday, I gave a talk to several librarians. I’ve often wondered why I can often find articles, books, information, videos when my students don’t. What’s so special about librarians?

I came up with 7 different advantages we have over regular folks. I forgot the last one, that happens because of our personalities and/or because of the 7 advantages we have: we’re obsessive; we never give up.

who needs a doctor when you have webmd obsessvie_librarian

But here are the 7:

  1. Students are panicked! We’re not. We can still think, while their minds are buzzing with so many thoughts, many of which are about the dire consequences of not finishing their paper in time.
    What have I done!?
  2. We know how information is organized in a library. All the terminology on our websites makes sense to us. We know what a library does, so we know what to look for.
    For instance, we know that libraries generally have guides that point out the most important resources for each field of study. There are several names for these (subject guides, research guides, lib guides and an older term pathfinders), but we know what lies behind those names. Students don’t even know to look for such guides.
  3. Databases are fun! (for us). Not necessarily for other people. We just love to play with websites and databases, just to see what they might do differently than all the other databases (100’s) that we’ve played with.
    Other folks just want to use the databases to find the information they need. And they’ve only used 2 or 3 databases in their lives. So, not so intuitive to them.
  4. We know how research is done (at least in our specialty fields). In the Social Sciences, you can’t answer huge questions with a single experiment or study. Research studies don’t answer the question “How do children learn?” They answer the question, “How do 2 year olds learn to use paintbrushes through imitation?”toddlertoolsBroader questions are usually answered by faculty who have already been tenured and are synthesizing their lifetime of research in a book, not an article.
  5. An answer to us is not necessarily an answer for students.
    Often students want a definite answer, with a number attached. Science doesn’t give definite answers. All science is specific to the context of the research and subject to change when deeper information is found.
  6. We understand the levels of analysis of the different research tools we use. You don’t look for article titles in catalogs. You don’t look for topic sentences in subject guides.
    Databases differ from each other. You don’t look for industrial psychology in MergentOnline (a business database).
    Summon is helping us with this.
  7. Finally, librarians love to share what they’ve found with other librarians! Our colleagues in our libraries, universities, on the Internet, our associations spend lots of energy helping each other. We are the coolest OpenAccess/OpenData people alive.

And we took this position because we love research, learning, and guiding other people to the enormous amount of information we can find. And helping them analyze and evaluate, plan their future research, and find fun reading to do during their breaks!librarianheart

March 4, 2013

Customizing RefWorks: Seeing the publication format on your screen

Filed under: Citations — merriealynn @ 5:42 pm
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Would you like to see all of your RefWorks references listed in APA format or MLA or Turabian? You can set up your display to show any type of publication style that RefWorks includes… and that’s hundreds of them.

This is probably what your references look like now:

standard display

Your DisplayNow

But if you want to quickly see what your references would look like in your bibliography, you can customize the display to show any type of publication style. This way you don’t have to print out a bibliography every time you want to see if your citations are going to look correct.

Customized to display APA Style.

Customized to display APA Style.

Here’s how:

Scroll down to Customize on the right-hand side of the column. It’s close to the bottom.

Click on Customize

Click on Customize

Select the publication style you want. (This time I chose APA 6th ed., APA style annotated, and MLA7th ed.) Click on save customized settings.

Choose the publication style you want from hundreds of choices.

Choose the publication style you want from hundreds of choices.

Now you can choose from any of the display types listed in your change view menu.

Click on the display style you prefer.

Click on the display style you prefer.

This is what it would look like in MLA 7th edition.

And then MLA 7th edition.

And then MLA 7th edition.

Pretty cool, Huh?

January 15, 2013

Finding a Particular Article in PsycINFO

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 10:15 pm

PsycINFO makes it easy. Just fill in the bits from your citation. The less you type, the more likely you and the person at PsycINFO will agree on spelling, punctuation, and wording.


Here’s an example from an article in the Annual Review of Clincal Psychology.
You read this article;

Hayes, S. C., Villatte, M., Levin, M., & Hildebrandt, M. (2011). Open, aware, and active: Contextual approaches as an emerging trend in the behavioral and cognitive therapies. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 7(1), 141-168. doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032210-104449

It cited an meta-analytic article about the outcomes from 39 studies of Mindfulness-Based Therapies.

This is great, because you’ll get the studies collapsed, plus you’ll find many articles that might look at a specific population or used a particluar research method.

Hofmann SG, Sawyer AT, Witt AA, Oh D. 2010. The effect of mindfulness-based therapy on anxiety and depression: a meta-analytic review. J. Consult. Clin. Psychol. 78:169–83.

Just fill in all or part of the information into the search. Make sure you select the fields you’re searching in the dropdown menu and don’t type too much of the title or author.  You don’t want to make spelling or punctuation errors.:


But what’s this abbreviation for the journal? J. Consult. Clin. Psychol. Sheesh. Let’s try using the Journal Finder. There’s a link on the right side of the Journal box. That will bring you to the Journal Lookup page.

Type in the beginning of the journal title. Whatever you can guess from the abbreviation. Don’t type in too much. You might make mistakes about the prepositions, especially. Click on search.

Check the box of the journal. Then the Add to Search button.


Here’s the search page:



And here’s the result:

foundarticleNot only have we found an article that’s right on topic, but it’s an important one. It’s only been published for 2 or 3 years and has already been cited 145 times! And those articles can help interpret this article. Do some of the authors feel this article or the original articles had serious flaws? We can find out by reading at least some of the citing articles! Score!

October 25, 2012

Abbreviated Document Title & Page Numbers

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 9:14 pm

Students are always trying to place headers with the document title and page numbers in Word. APA requires it! But Word has made it very difficult. Generally folks try to insert a Header and then click on page numbers and add them. Makes sense, but it makes the document title disappear. Sigh.

Instead, add the header and the document title. Then click on Quick Parts -> Fields -> then scroll down to page. Perfect!

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