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:



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

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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June 25, 2012

PsycINFO and the Get IT button

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 4:28 pm

For the past few months, I ‘ve received comments from students that we don’t subscribe to some basic journals in psychology. This has completely stumped me, because each of the journals they mentioned, we did subscribe to. Often back to the first volume of the journal (like 1954).

System error message from Science Direct

Have you seen this before?

This past week Carolyn DeLuca (our Electronic Resources Librarian) and I have been looking at specific articles that students said they couldn’t link to after they found the record in PsycINFO.

What seems to be happening is that when the record in PsycINFO  doesn’t include page numbers or other important fields, the Get IT button is going to our error page. (This often happens when the print version hasn’t come out yet, so they don’t know the pages yet.) This allows you to click on a button that says Journal. Normally clicking on that will let you go to the journal and you can navigate around to the article. This isn’t working either. The most recent, not yet in print issue, isn’t listed.

First posting, no pagination in a record

Articles that say First Posting or No Pagination are problematic. We may or may not subscribe to them.

If you click on the DOI, you can go directly to the article. But this only works if we subscribe directly to the publisher. If it’s in another database, like Academic Search Premier, the link will ask you to PAY for it. You’ve already paid for it through the library.

If  you  are having problems accessing articles, please let me know. I’ll try to get it for you.  We can’t fix the problems until we know about them.

May 10, 2012

Open Comments for the DSMV

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 4:00 pm

ImageThe American Psychiatric Association is again asking for input on the DSM-V. Make your voice heard!

The following comes from their website:

DSM-5 Draft Criteria Open for Final Public Comment

May 2nd through June 15th, 2012


For the next 6 weeks we are pleased to once again offer the opportunity to submit comments on the draft fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This commenting period marks the third and final time DSM-5 draft criteria will be available for your feedback. Following this period the site will remain viewable with the draft proposals until DSM-5’s publication.


November 22, 2011

Peer Review? What’s the deal?

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 7:38 pm

Many faculty members want their students to use only peer reviewed/refereed journal articles. (Journals send the articles out to folks doing research in the same field as the author(s) and get reviews back on the quality and importance of the article.)

Here are some issues that you should be thinking about when reading these articles: You still must critically read ANY article you see.

September 29, 2010
Research Without Borders
Scholarly Communication Program
Columbia University

January 12, 2011

GET IT button working in PsycINFO!

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 6:27 pm

Yay! You can find full-text in PsycINFO by just clicking on the GET IT! button.

Let me know if you have any problems. We’ll fix whatever we can.

August 2, 2010

August’s Free eBook from PsychiatryOnline

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 6:00 pm

Every month we get a free ebook, available online that month only, from PsychiatryOnline.

August’s book? PsychiatryOnline says:

August brings Diagnostic Issues in Substance Use Disorders, edited by John B. Saunders, M.D., F.R.C.P., Marc A. Schuckit, M.D., Paul J. Sirovatka, M.S., and Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H.

Inviting the help of colleagues worldwide, the concise Diagnostic Issues in Substance Use Disorders is part of the new series Advancing the Research Agenda for DSM-V. Its 19 chapters by an international group of experts are designed to stimulate questions that will help guide research related to the development of the next editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), with th e goal of ensuring that the major substance use diagnoses represent the same condition in both references. They cover 10 major issues in three main sections:

* Overarching issues relevant for the development of international diagnostic systems – statistical modeling techniques and whether DSM-V should use categorical and/or dimensional diagnostic approaches; methods review, emphasizing new hybrid techniques for developing and testing diagnostic concepts; the need for separate clinical and research-oriented diagnostic criteria, incorporating both categorical and dimensional attributes; neurobiological changes characterizing substance dependence; the importance of cultural attributes in developing definitions of substance use disorders; and the history of the development of diagnostic systems and how to optimize the ‘crosswalk’ b etween DSM and ICD.

March 10, 2010

Psychiatric assessment of Tolkein’s Gollum

Filed under: Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 6:35 pm

A librarian friend of mine sent a link to this exciting article from the British Medical Journal (The journal Open Access: you’ll need to register to read the full text of the article, however.) Make sure you read the comments at the end of the article – – folks suggest a refined differential diagnosis.

It does make you think, not only everyone in the world, but in fantasy worlds, can get diagnosed via the DSM!

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