Psychology and Education @St. Thomas

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!

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!

October 5, 2011

Annual Reviews: Psychology and Clinical Psychology

Filed under: Databases,encyclopedias,scholarly communication — merriealynn @ 6:57 pm

Annual Reviews provides in-depth, analytical overviews of topics being discussed in the field right now. These are basically reports of the most important scholarly communication available on the topic.

What can Annual Reviews do for you?

  • Find new topics.
  • Get great references.
  • See what the field is interested in.
  • See where gaps are in the research.

If you find a relatively recent article on your topic, you’ll find tons of seminal articles on  your topic — articles that everyone who publishes on your topic read.

One problem: their search screen. Going to their website, you wonder how to find anything if you don’t want to browse 80 years of research.

Well, here are the guidelines…

First, click on the search button, without typing in any words or anything:

Hit the search button without typing in anything

Next, click on the Journals button:

Click on Journals under search boxes

Click on Journals under search boxes

Type in your specific topic/search terms and choose the academic subject fields you’re interested in.

Click on academic fields and do you're search

Finally, you can search!

And your results which, in this case, are excellent and interesting.

Great results for articles on personality.

Primo! man!

October 4, 2011

PsycTESTS and PsycTHERAPY: Should UST subscribe?

Filed under: APA,Databases — merriealynn @ 6:49 pm

Do you need a test of anxiety? An intelligence inventory for Spanish-speaking children? A questionnaire to determine the degree of economic hardship families face?

Do you want to know if the test, inventory or questionnaire is valid or reliable? Then PsycTESTS is for you!

APA, the folks who bring you PsycINFO, has collected the tests, measurements, inventories, and questionnaires that have been developed, reviewed, and used in almost all of the articles that they index. Yes, you can get them in full text, linked to the articles they appear in!

It’s a cornucopia of testing delight.

Try out PsycTESTS!

A librarian can fit in anywhere

Afterwards, take our poll to let me know how much you liked it.

At same place, look at PsycTHERAPY. Would these videos help you with your work?

January 6, 2011

PsycINFO: It looks so different!

Filed under: APA,Databases — merriealynn @ 1:38 am

UPDATE: The GET IT button is working. Just click on it to get full-text articles and book chapters from UST!

What’s this? PsycINFO? Yes! On APA’s own platform. It might take a little getting used to, but I think it’s much easier to to navigate around than other ones.

PsycINFO on APA's platform

PsycINFO on APA's own platform

Our GET IT! button isn’t playing well with APA right now…

However, if you click on the title and go into the record, on the right hand side is usually a link to the publisher’s website. If we get the journal from the publisher, you’ll be able to download the article.

Link to publisher's full-text

We might have the article directly from the publisher

If it asks you to pay for it — dang — go to our home page, type in the title of the article into the Summon box. That should get you there.

Search in Summon

Enter the title of the article (and author's last name) in the Summon Box

If not — double dang — go back to the home page, click on Journals by Title, and type in the name of the journal. It’s probably there!

Search by journal title on our home page

Click on the Journal by Title button and type in the name of the journal in the box

We’re working hard with APA, trying to get our GET IT! button to work. If you need help, let me know!!!!!

October 25, 2010

Sage Research Methods Online – beta testing

Filed under: Books,Databases,encyclopedias,Reference,Statistics — merriealynn @ 3:15 pm

Sage Research Methods Online logoHere’s something both to play with and to use: Sage Research Methods Online! Sign up for their beta website.

Sage, probably the best-known, most respected publisher of material on social science research methodology, has put its publications online. It’s now in beta testing, but you can play with their website until December 31st. You’ll have to sign in and create an account. Then it’s all yours! They want feedback so they can make this database as useful as possible.

Currently, we have tons of books on research methodology in the social sciences, much of it published by Sage. They’re in our circulating collection (you can check them out) and in our reference section. We do have one or two methodology encyclopedias online. Still, in order to use our resources, you almost always have to come into the library, so they don’t get as much use as they deserve.

When does a person need help designing and analyzing their research? At 2 in the morning when she can’t sleep because a problem with data collection just occured to her. Now you can find answers, in-depth, thoroughly studied answers.

The Little Green Books are included, as well as handbooks, guides, encyclopedias, etc. etc. Plus they have a wonderful Methods Map. So if you are trying to figure out which methodology would work for your study, you can find methodologies you’ve never heard of. Inaddition, you’ll find articles about them that describe pros and cons, their history, the way folks usually use them, and how to procede if you decide to use it.

Have a great time in it. The more I look around, the more I find. Here’s a sampling:

  • Andrew, G., and Andrew, W. S., (2004). Critical reading for self-critical writing. Learning to Read Critically in Language and Literacy. London: SAGE..
  • Jan, R., (2007). Experiences of AI. Appreciative Inquiry. Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
  • Renata, P., Kath, F., and Allan, E., (2007). Organizing and Managing Your Research. London: SAGE .
  • Jerry, J. W., Ann-Marie, B., Cheryl, H., Gary, M., and Pat, S., (2005). Reviewing the Literature. Succeeding with Your Doctorate. London: SAGE.

(Just a heads up. Their citations don’t follow APA style. Keeping my fingers crossed they’ll adjust it.!)

And I’d love to hear feedback about your experiences as well.

September 1, 2010

Finding methodologies in PsycINFO

Filed under: APA,Databases,Research Techniques — merriealynn @ 10:06 pm

PsycINFO has an awesome feature that allows you to find articles using a particular methodology. They’ve even increased its usefullness by including a few additional methods in the past month.

So if you’re interested in qualitative studies, first change the dropdown menu under “Only show content where” to “Methodology”:

Methodologies in PsycINFO

Change the dropdown menu to “Methodology”

The second box will list various methodologies. Hold down the ctrl key while clicking on the various types of methodologies — Clinical Case Study, Interview, Focus Group, and Non-Clinical Case Study, and Qualitative Study:

Qualitative methodologies in PsycINFO

Use ctrl-Click to select one or several methodologies in the scroll box

Here’s the list:

brain imaging mathematical model
clinical case study meta analysis
empirical study nonclinical case study
experimental replication prospective study
field study qualitative study
focus group quantitative study
followup study retrospective study
interview systematic review
literature review treatment outcome/clinical trial
longitudinal study  twin study

PubMed also allows you to limit by methodology, but there aren’t as many choices as in PsycINFO. Other databases require you to use the research methodology as a keyword in your search. Doesn’t work quite as well.If you have any questions, I’m here!

May 25, 2010

Which Tests & Measures are “Appended” in PsycINFO?

Filed under: Databases,Research Techniques,Tests and Measures — merriealynn @ 4:24 pm

Sometimes journal articles include the tests, inventories and measures that were used in the research, especially if they were developed by the authors. It’s simple to find these tests.

PsycINFO has a field (in the dropdown menu) for Tests and Measures. Choose Tests and Measures from the dropdown menu and type in the topic or a few words from the name. In a second box, also choose Tests and Measures from the dropdown menu, but type in appended in the box.

Type in "appended" in the tests and measures field

Type in appended in the tests and measures field

In the record, look in the Tests and Measures field. It lists all tests and measures used in the research. If the test is included in the article, “(Appended)” will follow the name of the test.

"Appended" will appear after full-text tests

"Appended" will appear after full-text tests

Visit me for more information!

February 1, 2010

All about the DSM in all its Flavors — PsychiatryOnline

Filed under: Books,Databases,Journals — merriealynn @ 5:10 pm

Just the other day, a student wanted to write a paper on the history of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health (the DSM).

“Do I have a database for you!” I said. (Probably shouted a little bit, I was so excited). “It’s PsychiatryOnline from the American Psychiatric Association and it has all of the DSMs from DSM to DSM-IV-TR. Each of them has a chapter on how and why they were developed!”


The most recent DSM

Not only that, but PsychiatryOnline includes textbooks, APA Practice Guidelines, patient handouts, and self-assessment tools. Plus 6 American Psychiatric Association journals:

  • Academic Psychiatry
  • American Journal of Psychiatry
  • Focus
  • Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences
  • Psychiatric News
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Psychosomatics
  • When you wander around in the DSM-IV-TR, links to articles related to the diagnosis you’re looking at in the Textbook of Differential Diagnosis, the Casebooks, journal articles, etc appear to the left and right. Playing in the online assesment is as good as any game on the computer and you can pretend you’re studying too!

    Have fun and let me know if you have any questions.

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