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PsycINFO Revises and Enhances

Magazine article Information Today

PsycINFO Revises and Enhances

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The American Psychological Association has announced several changes and enhancements to PsycINFO and its related databases.

These are: a substantial revision to the PsycINFO and PsycLIT classification system; the reload of the PsycINFO database on Data-Star; the publication of a new PsycSCAN in the area of neuropsychology; and the publication of a new edition of the PsycINFO User Manual.

The revision of the classification system for the PsycInfo and the PsycLIT databases, with the print index, Psychological Abstracts, includes the introduction of three new categories: Intelligent Systems; Psychology and the Humanities; and Forensic Psychology and Legal Issues. The Applied Psychology category has been divided into four major categories: Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Military Psychology; Consumer Psychology; and Engineering and Environmental Psychology.

Several new subcategories have been added, including Health Psychology and Medicine; Eating Disorders; and nine psychometric subcategories for various types of psychological tests.

For easier searching, PsycINFO has mapped back the new classification system on its master tapes. The new categories became available in December 1991 throughout the database on the newly-reloaded Data-Star file and will be available on PsycLIT with the March 1992 update, when two remastered discs will be sent to subscribers. A DIMDI reload this spring will enable the new classification scheme to be searched throughout the file on that system.

With the reload of the PsycINFO database on Data-Star in January 1992, Data-Star searchers are able to take advantage of several new features for more precise searching.

New search paragraphs are the Composite Age Group (AG) paragraph, which enables searchers to select broad human age groups easily (CHILD.AG., ADOLESCENT.AG., ADULT.AG., and ELDERLY.AG.). Descriptors representing the major concepts in a record may be searched back to February 1985 using the .MJ. qualifier (COGNITIVE-PROCESSES.MJ.). The revised classification system recently adopted for PsycINFO may be searched throughout the file on Data-Star, as well.

The publication year of the source document may not be searched as a two-digit year in the YR paragraph (91. …

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