|The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced the planned
addition of a cited references feature to the PsycINFO database, an electronic
behavioral and social sciences bibliographic resource that contains more
than 1.7 million abstracts dating back to 1887.
The basis of the cited references feature is a linked list—appended
to the abstract record—of all works cited in the primary document, including
journal articles, books and book chapters, published conference papers,
and more. From that expanded record, users have several options. They can
pull up related articles with one click, or they can click to find all
the articles in the database that cited the work. With the cited references,
researchers can move forward and backward in time to track research using
a specific work as a starting point.
In addition, researchers will be able to link directly from the reference
list to an abstract for many, if not most, of the references. From the
abstract, publisher links in PsycINFO may take users to the full text,
ordering information, or document delivery, whichever the publisher provides.
According to the announcement, development of this significant enhancement
to the PsycINFO database was carried out over an accelerated 6-month schedule,
and came as a direct response to user requests.
When it's released early next year, the new feature will cover cited
references from all journals and books added to the database in 2001 and
most of 2000. In addition, all cited references from the PsycARTICLES database
will be included from 1986 onward, covering 42 leading journals published
by the APA and allied organizations. More retrospective coverage will be
added to the databases in the coming years.
"PsycINFO has built a very large file of high-quality content back to
1887, and our rigorous indexing assures researchers of precision in recall,"
said Linda Beebe, senior director of PsycINFO. "The cited references feature
is the third key component of a complete research tool. Providing this
ability to track research forward and backward in time is a service to
the users, particularly academic researchers, but we also see cited references
as an excellent service to other PsycINFO constituencies: the librarians
who teach users to search and the publishers whose literature we help researchers
find. As we continue to develop PsycINFO, we look forward to working in
partnership with them."
Source: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 202/336-5500;