Archive for the ‘Psychology’ Category

PsycINFO Moves Interface to New and Improved ProQuest platform!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

If you’ve used PsycINFO lately, you’ve probably noticed its new look – the database has moved to a new platform. While the articles contained in the database have not changed, certain features have changed.  Major changes users need to look out for:  1) the menu for narrowing search results now shows up on the right hand side,  and 2) “Descriptors” are now called “Subjects” – they can be accessed by clicking on a “Suggested subjects” at the top of the search results page, or by clicking on an article’s title in the search results list.

Search tips can be accessed by clicking on the “Search tips” link on the right hand side of the screen.

ProQuest’s new platform contains many new features and functions:  personal accounts to save and share findings, keyword recommendations, and advanced searches that allow for command-line searches as well as figures and tables.  Subject area thumbnail images feature databases within each category, and “Smart Search” suggests subjects to help pinpoint information.  “Article Previews”, “Keywords in Context”, and “Narrow Results By” can be used to effectively filter search results.  “Deep Indexing” technology extends searches to within article images, which can also be saved and used in presentations.  The “My Research” feature allows for easy citation and sharing of content.  Articles can be translated, findings linked to social media sites, and related articles are recommended to allow for further exploration of related content.  Finally, the “Alert” tool allows researchers to stay on top of the most current research being posted in the database.

For additional details on the above please see:

For a user guide on how to begin your research within Proquest platforms please see:

<submitted by Karin Saric>

Instruction Materials for Psychology Graduate Students

Monday, March 12th, 2012






Below are links to the materials for the Psychology Graduate Students library instruction session to be held on March 12, 2012 from noon – 12:30 p.m. in Franz 5461.

Important links:

<submitted by Lisa Federer>

Helping Children Deal with the Impact of Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, a joint program of UCLA and Duke University, has a web site with dedicated pages on the readiness, response, and recovery after various natural disasters, including earthquakes and tsunamis. The NCTSN has also additional talking points on the impact of tsunamis and earthquakes. To get to these additional materials, go to the What’s New box of the home page and click on the word earthquake or tsunami. Here are some of these resources:

  • Psychological Impacts of Tsunamis (long and brief version)
  • Talking with Children about Tsunamis
  • Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after an Earthquake
  • Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after an Earthquake
  • Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of the Earthquake
  • Guidance for Caregivers: Children or Teens who had a Loved One Die in the Earthquake
  • Guidance for School Personnel: Students Who had a Loved One Die in the Earthquake

<submitted by Paul Camp>

Journal Cancellation Project

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The UCLA Library is repeating an annual project to review print journal subscriptions. In addition, in an effort to respond to this year’s growing financial crisis, collection managers have identified a number of uniquely held print journal titles for cancellation.

The list of proposed journal cancellations is available on an interactive Web page that allows you to browse lists by selecting librarian or holding library or to search for individual titles. Each title has an interactive button that enables you to email comments directly to the librarian responsible for that subject area. The list of proposed journal cancellations will be available for review and comments through June 15, 2010.

Reducing format duplication, or cancelling a print journal subscription when electronic is available, is one action that the Library is taking to stretch its collections budget as far as possible; it also saves on bindery and personnel costs.

Your support and feedback are essential in this process. Contact Janet Carter, Collection Coordinator for the Biomedical Library, by email or by telephone at 310.825.5802 or Sharon E. Farb, Associate University Librarian for Collection Management and Scholarly Communication, by email or by telephone at 310.825.1201 if you have any concerns or questions.

<submitted by Janet Carter>

Do you have questions about Fair Use for Educational Purposes? If so, this free workshop is for you!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Fair Use for Educational Purposes

Thursday, April 22; 10 a.m.-noon
Charles E. Young Research Library

Do you provide copies of entire articles to students in your classroom? How about on your course Web site? Do you post materials on your course management system? Do you use your CMS or Web site as a virtual classroom? Simply because the content is for educational purposes does not mean that you can copy and distribute it without considering whether that is consistent with the U.S. Copyright Act.

With the continually emerging classroom experience and expanded use of the virtual classroom, the appropriate use of copyrighted materials is more important than ever before. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from campus legal and copyright experts how you can provide the best experiences for your students without violating copyright.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.
Register Online

<submitted by Janet Carter>

Featured Resource: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. and Other Style Manuals

Friday, March 5th, 2010

As UCLA nears the end of the winter quarter, students are writing papers, and faculty are preparing to grade. This is a great time to remind Bruins about the style guides and manuals available to help them format papers, citations, and bibliographies. The Biomedical Library owns fully corrected copies of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, published in 2010. Three copies of the Manual are available for use in the library; just ask the Public Services Desk staff. Can’t get to a full copy of the Manual or just need a reminder on how to format a citation for a common type of material? Check out the two-page APA Citation Quick Guide created by the University of California Psychology Bibliographers Group.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is just one of the many style guides and publication manuals owned by the Biomedical Library. Other popular guides include the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition, and Scientific Style and Format: CSE (Council of Scientific Editors) Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 7th edition. Search the UCLA Library Catalog, or ask at the Public Services Desk, to find manuals and guides from other publishers or organizations.

<submitted by Amy Chatfield>

PubGet – an even faster way to get to full text

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Need the fulltext of an article quickly?  Try Pubget.  Pubget, a new life science search engine, brings you fast access to PDFs.

Pubget doesn’t replace  PubMed or BIOSIS for searching the health and life science literature.  It is a complimentary tool that links you to fulltext directly bypassing abstracts of article.

Pubget works with UCLA Library subscriptions to electronic journals.  When searching, you’ll see PDF icons when fulltext is available.  Clicking on the article titles will display the pdf directly.  When we don’t have access to fulltext online, Pubget will give you the option to “FindIt @ UCLA” .  This will link you to options for finding a print copy in our library or requesting a copy through Interlibrary Loan.  In a few instances, the PDF icons do not display for items that we do own online.  Using the “FindIt @ UCLA” button will provide you access to those resources.

More details about Pubget and it’s special features, like PaperPlane are available on the Pubget website.

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

Find and Analyze Health-Related Data Using ICPSR

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Health-related survey data can be difficult to find; the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is one resource that makes it easy to locate, access, and analyze data from a variety of surveys covering topics like health care costs, access to health care, chronic medical conditions, and aging.

ICPSR hosts and provides online access to the Health and Medical Care Archive, the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;  the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive, and many other surveys and data archives for areas of social science research. Additionally, ICPSR maintains a database of citations to publications using data from ICPSR.

UCLA students, staff, and faculty can register for a free account and download data, codebooks, and survey instruments from ICPSR for analysis using your own statistical software. ICPSR also provides online data analysis tools for over 500 of the most popular surveys, including the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Study (2001), Medicare Health Outcomes Survey 1998-2007,  responses from the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2002-2005, and responses from the annual National Health Interview Survey from 1987-2006.

Have questions about ICPSR or need help searching or retrieving data? Amy Chatfield, librarian at the Biomedical Library, is UCLA’s designated representative to ICPSR, and is available to help with these tasks. You may also contact ICPSR’s Official Representative at UCLA, Elizabeth Stephenson, Director of the ISSR Social Science Data Archives.

<submitted by Amy Chatfield>

Jung’s “Red Book” available at the Biomedical Library

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009


A published copy of Carl Jung’s “Red Book” (also known as “Liber Novus” or “The New Book”), described by the New York Times as “a log of personal myths kept by a Swiss giant of psychoanalysis” (12 December 2009),  is available on 2-hour reserve at the public services desk of the Biomedical Library.  The original manuscript is now on view at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. The museum’s website is adding scans of the calligraphic text and illustrations on a daily basis through December 21.

<submitted by Russell Johnson>

2010 ICPSR Research Paper Competitions

Friday, November 20th, 2009

This year ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is sponsoring THREE competitions – two for undergraduates and a new competition for Master’s level students!

The purpose of these competitions is to highlight the best student research papers using quantitative data.  The objective is to encourage students to explore the social sciences by means of critical analysis of a topic supported by quantitative analysis of a dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive and presented in written form.

  • The winner of each competition receives $1,000 cash and the paper will be published.
  • Deadline for submission is January 31, 2010.

More information, submission guidelines, and promotional posters are found by visiting the competition website.