Los Angeles / Orange County Libraries

Database of Psychological Experiments

Through February 23 we have a trial subscription to Alexander Street Press'  database of psychological experiments.  This is an exciting and interesting database combining primary source material, video and other media to bring you a new understanding of some of the most important psychological experiments of this and the last century.   Here's their description of the database:

"Psychological Experiments Online is a multimedia online resource that synthesizes the most important psychological experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries, fostering deeper levels of understanding for students and scholars alike. The collection pairs 75 hours of audio and video recordings of the original experiments (when existent) with 40,000 pages of primary-source documents. It’s packed with exclusive and hard-to-find materials including notes from experiment participants, journal articles, books, field notes, letters penned by the lead psychologist, videos of modern-day replications, and modifications to the original experiments.

Click here to access the database. Help navigating the site is available here

Try it out for the next month.  Let the library know if you like it and think it's something we should purchase.


New Full-text Database

We have added a new database on our "Search our Database" page.  It is under the multi-disciplinary databases and is titled:

Digital Commons Network (Bepress)

The database searches participating university repositories where researchers deposit free copies of their research which was or will be published in print journals.  Click on a segment of the graphic or click on "Social and Behavioral Sciences" at the bottom of the home page.  On the left there will be sub-disciplines.  Click on Psychology and there will be another list of sub-disciplines including "Counseling Psychology."  The database has over 600,000 items and they are all full-text.  The searching is not as sophisticated as EBSCO, you just put in key words in the box on the upper right of the page, but it could prove to be a valuable tool giving you access to material you might not otherwise have easy access to.

Let us know what you think of it.

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New Look for “Search Our Databases”

You may or may not have noticed the new look to our "Search Our Databases" page.  Most of the changes require you to scroll down past the first page but, it's worth doing.  The revised page categorizes all our databases into subject areas so that if you're searching in a specific subject area you can use the best database.  It also gives you direct links to our online book collections and links to web resources and open access journals.  Take some time and explore the page so you'll know what's there when you need it.  If you need any help or have any comments let one of your librarians know.

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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.


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