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PSYC 4023-Adult Development

General Information for Students

Resources - Books, catalogs and databases
Search Tips
Following APA style rules

Resources

If you are unfamiliar with the terminology you encounter while searching article databases (or while reading articles in journals) you may wish to refer to sources such as textbooks, dictionaries, and other reference resources in the field of study.

Reference Materials

The Graying of America: An Encyclopedia of Aging, Health, Mind and Behavior Call # Ref. HQ1064.U5 K39 1996

Measures of Personality & Social Psychological Attitudes Call # Ref. BF698.4 .M38 1991

The Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web Call # Ref  R859.7.I58 M436 2004

The Medical Library Association Consumer Health Reference Service Handbook Call# Ref RA776 .B234 2001

Mental Measurements Yearbook (All 14 editions) Call # Ref. LB 3051 .M458
      (Includes review and critique of tests; subsequent volumes DO NOT supercede the previous volume; there is an online version)

Tests In Print (Vol. VI) Call # Ref. LB 3051 .T45
     
(Does not include review and critique information; each new volume effectively "replaces" the previous volume; no online version)

Broken Arrow only

Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Asssessments in Psychology, Education, and Business Call # BA Ref. BF176 .T43 1997

Books

Aging, Physical Activity and Health: Call # QP86 .S478 1997

Physiology of Aging: A Snyopsis: Call # QP86 .K46 1989

Books (Catalogs for finding)

Search the NSU Libraries' Online Catalog: http://library2.nsuok.edu/

Here are some of the subject headings used in the catalog: change (psychology), behaviorism (psychology), cognition, attitude (psychology) testing, developmental psychology, memory, social adjustment

Search for E-Books using NetLibrary: http://library.nsuok.edu/Refdesk/vrdbks.html

Journal and Magazine Article Databases

Academic Search Premier - This is a general database, which means it contains article citations and full text articles covering many academic subjects. It is one of the twenty-five databases produced by EbscoHost for which NSU has a subscription. It is probably our most widely used database and is sometimes referred to simply as "Ebsco."

PsycARTICLES - a definitive source of searchable full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 40,000 articles from 53 journals - 45 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 8 from allied organizations. It includes all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1985 to present.

PsycINFO - PsycINFO, from the American Psychological Association (APA), contains more than 2 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s. 97 percent of the covered material is peer-reviewed. Journal coverage, which spans 1887 to present, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in more than 25 languages. Contains a thesaurus.

Go to all EbscoHost databases

Wilson's Social Science Full Text - Social Sciences Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles of at least one column in length from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere plus the full text of selected periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of social sciences journals. Abstracting coverage begins with periodicals published in January 1994. Abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full text coverage begins in January 1995.

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Other Databases

Mental Measurements Yearbook (EBSCO Host version) - Mental Measurements Yearbook, produced by the Buros Institute, contains fulltext information about and reviews of all English-language standardized tests covering educational skills, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, and related areas as included in the printed Mental Measurements Yearbooks. This database product contains data from Yearbooks 9 through 15.

For each test, the database provides the name of the test author, publication information, scoring information, and the number of the Mental Measurements Yearbook in which the test was described originally. The full text for each record includes an overview of the test, a description of the test materials and time needed, and one or more reviews of the test.

The database can be used by professionals such as counselors, guidance workers, psychologists, personnel directors, and educators.

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Search Tips

1. Be prepared with synonyms in case your original search produces no results. Use a thesaurus if the database is equipped with one.

2. Pay attention to search tips or help screens provided by each database. Even experienced researchers (like professors and librarians!) can have trouble when dealing with a new interface. Take the time to learn how to use the tool - it will help you to avoid frustration!

3.  Remember that most databases allow for Boolean Searching.  Use and to narrow, or to expand, not to exlude.  Truncation is also useful for bringing back all relevant results.  For example, type counsel* to bring back documents containing the words counsel, counseling, counselor...

4. Take advantage of the following sources of help:

- Tutorials

- Reference On Call at JVL is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday by reference librarians or other experienced library staff members.

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Internet Sites

Internet Sites relating to topics in health

healthfinder: http://www.healthfinder.gov/

National Institutes of Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): http://www.nih.gov/

World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/en/

Internet Sites relating to topics in aging

Administration on Aging (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): http://www.aoa.gov/

National Institute on Aging: http://www.nia.nih.gov/

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Evaluating Web sites

It's important to remember that publishing on the web is very easy - almost anyone can do it! The problem with that is knowing what's credible (worth your time) and what's not.

Here are some of the thing you want to look at or for:

the URL (.gov, .mil, .us, .edu are usually pretty credible);
links to information about the author or sponsoring organization;
links to other sites that are credible;
how current it is

Ultimately the researcher (you!) must be the one to determine whether or not to use information found on a web site. The following information from the University of California at Berkeley provides some excellent guidelines for evaluating sites:

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.htm

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Following APA style rules

The American Psychological Association originally created a publication manual to provide a common structure for all journal manuscripts in the area of the social sciences.

Many other disciplines (including psychology, the behavioral sciences, nursing, personnel administration and many areas within education) have adopted this as their professional writing standard as well.

In an academic environment, you will often be expected to conform to this standard when writing. At this point, you should be mostly concerned with creating an accurate reference list using proper format and providing citations within the text to give credit for an idea or concept to the source from which you got it.

Print:

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The library owns several copies of the style guide; however, only the 5th edition circulates (can be checked out). The NSU libraries have seven copies of the 6th edition in reference and two on reserve. ( BF76.7 .P83 2001)

Websites:

www.apastyle.org

Using APA format (Purdue University) - this comprehensive guide summarizes the print version of the book. Click on Your Reference List to find examples of the proper format to use when listing sources you used.

APA Style.org's Frequently Asked Questions

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