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Need Help with PsycInfo?

At the beginning of each school year, the publishers of PsycInfo offer online training classes to students.  Click here for a list of training for both new students and students looking for more advanced searching tips.  You can also access the PsycInfo Youtube channel for videos of different search questions.   These are short to-the-point videos averaging about 3 minutes.  Check them out and remember, as always, you can contact a librarian at any time for help.


Guide to Veteran Resources

In recognition of the Chicago School being named a Military Friendly School for 2013 by GI Jobs Magazine, the Southern California libraries have put together a guide to some of the resources available in our libraries on veteran issues.  If you have any questions or want additional help or information, please contact a librarian.  The guide is posted on the Finding Guides page of this blog.  Click here for the guide.

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Help Available from APA


APA offers an online class to help you use the APA manual.  Basics of APA Style: An Online Course "follows the organization of the manual and offers an in-depth overview of the types of articles used in psychological and social research, manuscript elements, heading style, reducing bias in language, punctuation, capitalization, italics, numbers, tables, figures, citing references in text, creating a reference list, and reference templates and examples."  The class is $60 for APA members and $80 otherwise. It offers 4 CE credits.

If you're looking for less detail, APA also has a FREE tutorial "which shows you how to structure and format your work, recommends ways to reduce bias in language, identifies how to avoid charges of plagiarism, shows how to cite references in text, and provides selected reference examples."

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New Book List

A new Ebook list has been added to the finding guides page.  It contains a number of subjects across several disciplines.  The list was generated after compiling a list after searching each topic through the Chicago School's online library catalog.  The intent of the list is to highlight the availability of online resources to our academic community so that these resources may be better utilized.

Subjects include: Management and Organizational Diversity for I/O.  Autism and Bi-polar under Disorders.  Child Development and Lifespan under Life Cycle.  Criminal Psychology for Forensics.  Family Violence and Play Therapy under MFT.  And many more.

The Finding Guides page also provides information on how to use the online catalog for searching and additional information regarding the library resources.


PsycInfo Webinars Available from APA

The American Psychological Association  is offering webinars on how to get the most out of APA databases.   These webinars are designed to allow students to 

• become familiar with the APA research databases and the EBSCO features  • manage your results  • create alerts  • set up personal accounts  • craft searches that make use of controlled vocabulary and natural language  • use database fields and limits

Knowing how to use the APA databases on EBSCO can make your searches faster and more productive.  The webinars for the EBSCOhost platform are on Wednesday, March 9 from 11 am-12pm PST and on Tuesday, April 12 from 10 am to 11 am PST.  The webinars are online and can be viewed from your home or office. 

If you think you're not a beginner anymore, there are advanced webinars being held on Thursday, March 10, from Noon - 2 pm PST, Friday, March 25, from Noon to 2 pm PST, and Tuesday, April 12 from 7 am-9 am PST (a little early for some, convenient for others).

 Sign up on the APA website  if you're interested in any of the webinars or for more information.


Citations in citations

Ever wonder how to reference a quote you’re using when the quote contains a reference to another quote?  The APA blog explains it all and clarifies what to use as a reference and what to leave out.


Citations in citations

Ever wonder how to reference a quote you’re using when the quote contains a reference to another quote?  The APA blog explains it all and clarifies what to use as a reference and what to leave out.


How to cite a webpage

Found some cite worthy information on a webpage but don't know how to cite it?  The APA blog has a post on how to cite information you find on a webpage.


PsycInfo tips on YouTube

For those of you who need more visual help, PsycInfo has a channel on YouTube with short (2-4 minutes) tutorials that explain some of the more complicated features of PsycInfo.  The tutorials explain how to find empirical or quantitative articles, how to use the index terms, how to find literature reviews, and much more.  The library uses EBSCO so don't bother with the videos for CSA or Ovid SP.


More APA Tips on References

The APA blog has tips on helping you order references when you’re citing several by the same writer.  Frequently, an important author on a subject will author articles alone or with different co-authors sometimes in the same year.  How do you order them and how do you differentiate them in the in-text citations?  Check out the blog for some answers.

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