Librarians serving faculty, students, researchers, practitioners, or interested laypersons engaged in the study and literature of psychology, psychiatry, and the behavioral sciences will already have a long-standing familiarity with the PsycINFO and likely the PsycARTICLES databases from the American Psychological Association. The focus here, then, is on resources that extend the range of the library’s services into new areas—like the fascinating array of training videos, reenactments, and therapy sessions conducted by a host of reputable counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers that make up the streaming video content of Counseling and Therapy in Video (Alexander Street)—or that deliver familiar material, such as the authoritative and effective the DSM Library piece of PsychiatryOnline (American Psychiatric Assn.), which helps to codify mental disorders with elegance and efficiency.
With PsycEXTRA (via APA PsycNET), we examine a novel extension of PsycINFO that provides access to the gray literature of psychology drawn from real-world sources such as conference papers, policy statements, grants, legal testimony, and popular material. We also look at Health and Psychosocial Instruments (from Behavioral Measurement Database Services via EBSCO Publishing), a resource that facilitates the identification and acquisition of the instruments (e.g., psychological tests, questionnaires, and surveys) that researchers require.
Counseling and Therapy in Video, Volumes 1-3 Alexander Street; www.ctivalexanderstreet.com
CONTENT The three volumes of Counseling and Therapy in Video draw their content from Microtraining Associates, an imprint that has been aligned with Alexander Street since 2010. Microtraining was formed in 1974 by Allen Ivey of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the originator of the skills-based microcounseling method, which was the leading approach to training counselors for several decades. Microtraining developed some of the first training videos to advance a more culturally appropriate and competency-based approach to counselor and therapist education.
Featuring a “cast” of reputable counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, Volume 1 contains more than 400 hours of training videos, reenactments, and therapy sessions recorded between 1985 and 2010. The material is intended to provide counselors with an immediate look at what it’s like putting theoretical concepts into practice when it comes to working with real clients.
Volume 2 adds 300 hours of training material, both updating the content and broadening the coverage to include resources emphasizing contemporary topics like neuroscience; coaching; family, child, geriatric, and play therapies; and weight control and eating disorders.
The third volume, when completed, will add another 300 hours of videos, providing a foundation to the theoretical modalities of counseling and psychotherapy while expanding into new and emerging areas including social media, military families, cyberbullying, mindfulness, and queer theory. The videos in this collection emphasize the evolution of the field while demonstrating new techniques, methods, and research-informed practice.
As of the March 2013 update, the three collections included 816 videos totaling 852 hours.
USABILITY The Alexander Street Counseling homepage provides easy access to the contents of all three libraries, which may be searched and explored individually or cross-searched simultaneously. A quick search box with pull-down menus (all fields, subject, themes, therapist, therapy type, title, transcription) permits the user to enter search terms and begin finding training videos immediately. Users may also browse all the videos in the collection or browse by subject, therapy type, therapist, or theme; or browse clips that have been created by them or by someone else from their home institution who has shared clips publicly. Browsing by video type—counseling session, demonstration, interview, or lecture/presentation—is another option.
The advanced search template consists of an array of search boxes for transcript and notes (all videos are fully transcribed), title, and series, followed by checkboxes for video type and volume of the collection. Additional search fields include therapy type, therapist name, subject, themes, publisher, and publication date. Advanced search makes it simple to select terms from controlled vocabulary lists and pull them into the search template.
Users may customize their search strategies even further by incorporating therapist details (race/ethnicity and gender) or client details (age range, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation). Finally, results may be sorted by relevance or title and limited to video titles with continuing education credits.
We executed simple keyword searches on terms, such as perfectionism, which aren’t on the official lists of subjects or themes, and built more sophisticated searches by combining keywords like exercise with the theme Age/aging and the subject Alzheimer’s disease, which gave us the 2006 video What Every Caregiver Needs To Know About Alzheimer’s Disease. The transcript displays the dialog and narrative as the video plays, and the text is highlighted as it is spoken. (Transcripts are also available as stand-alone files.) Additionally, the “View Thumbnails” option makes navigating to a particular spot within a video simple and easy. Video quality is generally fairly good, although the image degrades when displayed at full-screen size.
Registered users may create, edit, and share clips and playlists.
PRICING The Counseling and Therapy in Video libraries are available from Alexander Street on a subscription basis or as a onetime purchase of perpetual rights. Pricing is based on institution size and budget. Additionally, many individual video titles may be acquired for streaming or purchased in DVD format.
Alexander Street Press also offers the three volumes of Counseling and Therapy in Video plus Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Work and The Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy as a package. Pricing for the complete package is geared to library size and budget and starts at $5,200 for an annual subscription—a 40 percent discount off the cost of subscribing to all five collections individually. Free trials are available.
VERDICT Counseling and Therapy in Video gives those who conduct training, as well as those who are undergoing it, the valuable opportunity to sit in on real and reenacted sessions conducted by some of the leading names in the field. Materials are carefully chosen to represent a wide range of theoretical perspectives, counseling methods, and thematic areas.
While there is an archival component to the collection, with some videos dating back to the mid-1980s, it is also up-to-date—more than 50 titles have publication dates in 2012. Counseling and Therapy in Video is easy to search, adaptable to classroom use (with persistent links and the ability to create clips and playlists), and virtually effortless to maintain compared with a library comprised of DVDs and VHS tapes.
Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)
Behavioral Measurement Database Svcs. (via EBSCO Publishing); www.ebscohost.com/academic/health-and-psychosocial-instruments-hapi
CONTENT Research in the health and behavioral sciences depends heavily on finding instruments that measure a given event or experience. We spend many an hour helping our students locate relevant psychological tests, questionnaires, and measurement surveys to supplement their research. The Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) database aids in this process and can resolve the difficulty of locating the right instruments to further students’ research needs.
Produced by Behavioral Measurement Database Services (BMDS), this bibliographic database includes abstracts and nearly 175,000 records from hundreds of core journals covering health sciences and psychosocial sciences, such as Addiction, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Affective Disorders, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Women and Women’s Issues. It also provides information about behavioral measurement instruments, including those from the fields of industrial/organizational behavior and education and other medical related disciplines.
HaPI uses controlled vocabulary descriptors from APA’s Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms and the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
Records indexed in HaPI provide information on nine types of instruments: questionnaires, interview schedules, vignettes/scenarios, coding schemes, rating and other scales, checklists, indexes, tests, and projective techniques. Database records include the name of the instrument, instrument acronyms, authors, publication year, main subjects, number of questions, an abstract, validity information, reliability information, and instrument source.
Coverage includes records from 1985 to the present and is updated quarterly. The full text of the instruments is not included in the database, but patrons can use the resource to discover which instruments exist, track the history of an instrument over time, or explore what other researchers have already developed in a particular area of study. Copies of instruments are available from BMDS. If available from its files, single instruments cost $20. If BMDS has to locate the product, the cost is $30.
USABILITY The EBSCOhost interface offers all of the typical features available on the platform—basic, advanced, visual search, etc. Advanced search offers 18 specific search fields via a pull-down menu, but the HaPI-specific help defines more than 30 fields including sample, reliability, place of publication, etc. HaPI not only provides a list of research tools but also identifies the source where they can be found.
Starting with a basic search for memory and sleep, we retrieved 87 records. The detailed display in a record contains fields such as “Attributed to”—with the statement “HaPI attributes authorship of the instrument to authors of the reference”; “Measure,” which contains subject headings provided by HaPI, such as memory, Alzheimer’s disease, memory disorders, and sleep stages; and “Sample,” such as aged, thirties, and female. Users can also check a box for the system to “suggest subject terms,” so beginning to type memory, we could select “memory and aging,” “memory and children,” etc.
Revising our search to limit to primary-source records yielded 22 results. We selected Liver Disease Quality of Life Questionnaire, and the record included the headings “Response Options,” “Reliability,” “Sample Items,” “Subscale,” and “Number of Questions.”
Another choice for searching is index browsing, which allows researchers to view all values that occur in 14 specified fields in the database, along with corresponding hit counts. Users can select terms to add and include the Boolean operators and, or, and not. Indexes can also be searched using tags. Since browse indexes are phrase indexed, the exact form and spelling of terms as they appear in the database must be used in conjunction with the tags when entering a search manually. Tags for all fields included in the index browse feature begin with “Z” and help display the list (e.g., “ZA” for author, “ZS” for sample, “ZK” for subscale, “ZU” for subjects, etc.). A manually entered search with tags might look like this: “ZS ‘children of alcoholics’” or “ZS ‘children of divorce.’” We found it much easier and quicker to use the index browse and let the system enter the exact form.
PRICING Pricing is based on a variety of factors including FTE, existing EBSCOhost databases, consortium agreements, and/or buying groups. Pricing applies to a single institution; ranges for consortia and online institutions may vary.
VERDICT Psychological and behavioral science testing and measuring instruments are a critical part of research, and there are thousands available. The challenge remains finding the right one for a user’s specific needs. Availability is not often clear, especially to the novice, and many of the instruments are obscure, appearing in journal appendixes. Many never become commercially available, making their retrieval through a standard query almost impossible. With HaPI staff scanning through and analyzing journals for inclusion, access via this vetted database removes the burden, by publicizing the existence of the instruments, documenting past research, and affording users the ability to get their hands on the desired tools—all very important to those conducting research in these fields of study.
PsycEXTRA via APA PsycNET
American Psychological Assn.; www.apa.org/pubs/databases/psycextra/index.aspx
CONTENT The American Psychological Association’s (APA) comprehensive suite of databases and electronic products includes PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycEXTRA, PsycBOOKS, PsycCRITIQUES, PsycTESTS, PsycTHERAPY, APA Books E-Collections, and APA Handbooks in Psychology. All are available for institutional and individual access via APA PsycNET’s cross-database searching, and all resources benefit from the full integration of the association’s precise indexing with the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms controlled vocabulary. This review will focus primarily on PsycEXTRA, a distinctive database that combines bibliographic records with full-text professional and layperson’s literature. With more than 70 percent full text, it is a leading resource for information and data for innovative research and practice in the behavioral and social sciences and an archive of gray literature documenting the development and study of the field of psychology over time.
Updated biweekly, PsycEXTRA currently has nearly 300,000 records and includes 29 document types such as white papers, conference papers and abstracts, clinical trials, data sets, research reports, policy statements, annual reports, dissertations, grant information, patents, legal testimony and amicus briefs, standards, journal and popular magazine articles, newsletters, consumer brochures and fact sheets, speeches, interviews, oral histories, and blogs. Coverage includes conference proceedings from the mid- to late 19th century to the present and even the future (programs already available for forthcoming conferences and announcements of grant funding). All issues of APA Monitor back to Volume 1 are included.
PsycEXTRA is considered a complement to APA’s PsycINFO, the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health, with no overlap of records. Individual access to PsycEXTRA can be obtained through a variety of subscription packages as well as on-demand access for 24 hours of search time, which includes the full text. See the APA website for a detailed description of package options. In addition to access via PsycNET, institutions can obtain a site license through EBSCO or Ovid Technologies.
Administrator options allow librarians to set defaults, collect usage statistics, configure linking and alerts, download MARC records, and more. Interlibrary loan and electronic course reserves for full text are permitted.
USABILITY Depending on the resources their library subscribes to, users can select one or up to all seven databases to begin their query. The cross-searching functionality of the platform performs well as the interface is specifically tailored for the APA-defined fields, and tabs at the top of the screen display the number of results retrieved in each database. Users can seamlessly switch back and forth between result sets, adding citations to the “My List” folder for future export, printing, saving, etc.
There are two basic methods for searching: browsing or searching via tabs at the top of the screen. Users can also select “Term Finder” (a thesaurus), which offers the criteria “term begins with” and “term contains,” or try the “term hierarchy,” which displays the year the term was introduced and broader, narrower, and related terms. Browsing can be performed by topic, year, document type, or content owner. We selected the topic personality disorder and retrieved 387 records. Scanning through the results revealed a conference proceeding—“A Complexity Analysis of Borderline Personality Disorder”; “A Dangerous Diagnosis,” a journal article from Men’s Health Today; and a 1954 video entitled A Case Study of Multiple Personality: The Three Faces of Eve. Searching for school violence with Easy Search (in any field) retrieved 550 records. We narrowed the results by selecting the phrase as an index term, to discover an article from the CNN website on the Sandy Hook investigation; a 23-page report from the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Psychology; and a 2009 standard/guide from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration entitled Psychological First Aid for Schools: Field Operations Guide, 2d ed. Other limiters include author, author affiliation, source, year, age group, population group, and classification code.
As one would expect, advanced search adds certain bells and whistles; users can create more complex searches using options in the “Look For,” “Only Show Content Where,” “Display,” and “Date” areas (the latter allows researchers to find very current material by selecting “Added to PsycNET” in the last seven, 14, or 30 days).
Additional features include “Citation Finder,” “Cited References,” “Recent Searches,” “My PsycNET” for saved searches and alerts, “Narrow Results By,” and “Search Within Results.”
PRICING APA offers tiered pricing based on size and type of institution (higher education, public libraries, K–12, corporations, hospitals, government organizations, etc.) for most licensed databases and individual (member and nonmember) access through a variety of subscription packages. Institutional access and data fees for PsycEXTRA are based on FTE and begin at $640 for institutions below the bachelor’s level only. Individuals can access PsycEXTRA Direct and pay $11.95 for 24 hours of use. Thirty-day trials are available for institutions only; APA offers consortial discounts.
VERDICT Finding raw data; age-appropriate standards and guidelines; fact sheets for consumers; and professional information on current events pertaining to psychology, behavioral science, and health will benefit a wide range of users including specialists, students conducting research, and the general public. As a complement to PyscINFO, PsycEXTRA provides an archive for the more obscure materials and indexes them with APA’s Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms and classification codes, as well as other APA-specific fields and limits. Institutions that combine access to the two databases will offer researchers a one-stop searching option for scholarly resources as well as professional literature outside the peer-review system.
American Psychiatric Assn.; http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/journal.aspx?journalid=13
CONTENT The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) PsychiatryOnline puts a rich and comprehensive mix of critical psychiatry and psychology reference and research material into the hands of researchers and practitioners. The cornerstone of the collection is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. At the point in early June when this review was conducted, the fifth edition of the DSM had just appeared in print and the online version’s launch was only days away. Consequently, the list of 15 reference titles that the collection offered was in transition, with the DSM-V about to replace DSM-IV-TR, and DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and DSM-5 Clinical Cases, due out in fall 2013, poised to supersede their DSM-IV-TRcounterparts. The remaining 12 reference titles deal with psychiatry and psychiatric practice, psychotherapeutic treatments, geriatrics, psychopharmacology, substance abuse treatment, brain injury, and medication. All are the current editions and include companion study guides and self-assessments where available.
Access to current research comes via the four peer-reviewed APA journals—American Journal of Psychiatry,Psychiatric Services, Academic Psychiatry, and Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences—with coverage extending back to 1997. Additionally, the full subscription includes the official association newspaper, Psychiatric News, as well as the book of the month (in PDF format) from American Psychiatric Publishing.
USABILITY Despite the casual elegance of PsychiatryOnline’s homepage, this is a resource that’s all business. There’s a quick search box with a pull-down menu for selecting all journals or specific journal titles and all books, including the DSM itself as well as any of the other reference titles. The page is organized into distinct sections—DSM Library, journals, psychiatric news, books, topics, and continuing medical education (CME).
The main feature on the site, naturally enough, is the “DSM Library,” comprised at the time of this review ofDSM-IV-TR and the two companion resources: DSM-IV-TR Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and Cases from DSM-IV-TR Casebook and Its Treatment Companion. Clicking on the title leads to the table of contents, which lists the prefatory material, the 18 chapters that constitute the world of mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association, and various appendixes. The “DSM Library” titles are searchable via a single search box or by moving to advanced search mode, where a keyword search may be restricted to one or more of the 15 reference titles.
The books and journals areas include full-text access to the reference titles and four journals that are part of the premium subscription, as well as abstracts from FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry. “All Books” and “All Journals” may be cross-searched via a single search box and pull-down menu, and searches may also be restricted to a single title using the same menu.
The “Psychiatric News” section, which aims to keep APA members up-to-date on happenings within the field, is organized into subsections devoted to reports on recent clinical and research findings, professional concerns, government and legal news, community events and news, association and meetings news, and communications from the APA president. There are articles on topics and events such as President Bill Clinton’s call for creative problem-solving in his keynote speech at the annual APA meeting, research indicating how the “dark side” of addiction arises when the “initial pleasure of taking drugs or alcohol is replaced with a higher brain reward threshold as drug use becomes compulsive and the user becomes dependent,” and the support for legislation that would “hold health care providers accountable for misrepresentation of their credentials.” There are jobs listings as well.
The “Topics” area identifies recent research on psychiatric subjects of interest—attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders were highlighted when we examined the resource. The full text of the articles and any data supplements are available.
Finally, the “CME” section gives APA members, as well as nonmember psychiatrists, access to the continuing medical education and assessment programs “designed to advance clinical and practice management skills and promote quality patient care.”
PRICING With publication of the online DSM-5 imminent and new packages, more subscription options, a revised tier structure, and price increases already announced in the 2014 American Psychiatric Publishing catalog, the pricing picture is in transition.
Pricing is based on institutional subscription tiers, ranging from Tier 1 (schools, private-practice offices, and public libraries serving populations under 80,000) to Tier 6 (doctoral/research institutions over 25,000 FTE, online universities, consortia, health-care networks, government agencies, national research institutions, and large for-profit organizations).
Small community colleges, small hospitals, public libraries serving populations over 80,000, health policy or advocacy nonprofits, professional societies, and small nonprofits (Tier 2); colleges, large community colleges, and local agencies (Tier 3); doctoral/research institutions without medical schools, medical schools, state agencies, large nonprofits, and midsize for-profit organizations (Tier 4); and doctoral/research institutions between 10,000 and 25,000 FTE, nonprofits with more than 500 employees, and companies with 300–499 employees (Tier 5) occupy the middle tiers.
The PsychiatryOnline Premium subscription option includes 15 reference titles—with DSM-V heading the list—plus four journals, Psychiatric News, and the monthly ebook. The recently released prices for the new Premium product start at $2,750 for Tier 1 and step up to $7,500 at Tier 5. Tier 6 pricing is customized.
A second option, PsychiatryOnline Core, includes just the DSM-V, two journals, and the APA newspaper. Pricing starts at $2,500 for Tier 1 and increases to $6,800 for Tier 5 institutions.
The bare-bones third option is the DSM-5 Library, with the new DSM edition plus the accompanying Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Cases. The Tier 1 subscription price is $2,200, with Tier 5 costing $6,100.
Finally, there’s the DSM Legacy Collection, containing PDFs of DSM-I through DSM-IV-TR and their revisions. Onetime purchase (starting at $3,500 and climbing to $4,500) includes perpetual access with no annual maintenance fee.
Catalogs listing 2013 and 2014 subscription options and rates are available at ow.ly/lLHlF.
VERDICT Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, in some format, is an essential purchase for nearly every library. With the fifth edition just appearing, this is a good time for libraries to consider which version, or which subscription option, best meets their needs. The online version is designed for simple, straightforward access, and its content is both unique and critical. The availability of remote access and the lack of restrictions on the number of simultaneous users are certainly plusses for the online edition, as well.
Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works
Alexander Street; http://alexanderstreet.com/products/counseling-and-psychotherapy-transcripts-client-narratives-and-reference-works
A unique teaching and training resource, this database includes material on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, childhood trauma, sexual abuse, and more. When complete, it will contain more than 2,000 transcripts of real therapy sessions, together with almost 40,000 pages of client narratives and 25,000 pages of major reference works. Currently offering 358 items, the database provides first-person narratives along with the full text of therapy and counseling sessions. Fully searchable, client narratives include Addicted Like Me: A Mother-Daughter Story of Substance Abuse and Recovery; Am I a Lunatic? or, Dr. Henry T. Helmbold’s Exposure of his Personal Experience in the Lunatic Asylums of Europe and America; and Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality.
Reference content from Marlowe & Company, SAGE Publications, and Westview includes titles such as Clinical Interventions with Gang Adolescents and Their Families, Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science,Handbook for Social Justice in Counseling Psychology, The Handbook of Community Practice, and Through the Looking Glass: Women and Borderline Personality Disorder. MARC records are available.
PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress
ProQuest, LLC (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs); www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pilots-database/pilots-db.asp
This bibliographic database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is available on the department’s website as well as through ProQuest. Freely available, it provides citations and abstracts to the international literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Coverage includes assessment, prevention, treatment, mental health services, and more. Its goal is to include citations to all literature on PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress and to offer both current and retrospective coverage. Coverage spans 1871 to the present; the database is updated monthly.
Psychology Resources (via EBSCO Publishing); ebscohost.com
EBSCO subscribers can access American Psychological Association (APA) Online Resources. These include: PsycARTICLES, a full-text database of approximately 150,000 articles from more than 70 journals published by APA and other publishers in subject areas such as applied psychology, health, theory, research, social behavior/personality, and more. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to the present, and nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1. PsycINFO, a bibliographic database of scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. Covering journals, books, reviews, and dissertations, it is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. The database also includes information about the psychological aspects of related fields such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, technology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law. Coverage extends from the 1800s to the present and includes international material selected from about 2,500 journals in more than 30 languages.
PsycEXTRA (see the long review via APA PsycNET) offers extensive coverage of gray literature relating to psychology and the behavioral sciences and contains nearly 200,000 records that are not indexed in any other APA database. Documents include newsletters, magazines, newspapers, technical and annual reports, government reports, and consumer brochures.
PsycCRITIQUES, a database of full-text reviews of scholarly and professional books in psychology. The database also includes reviews from a psychological perspective of popular ﬁlms and trade books.
PsycBOOKS, a full-text database of over 30,000 chapters in PDF form, from nearly 2,000 books published by APA and other publishers. The resource also includes more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Encyclopedia of Psychology.
Additional EBSCO resources include Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY), Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP Archive), PSYNDEX: Literature and Audiovisual Media with PSYNDEX Tests, and Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) (see long review). Databases are cross-searchable on the EBSCOhost platform.
U.S. National Library of Medicine; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
PubMed is a comprehensive free resource developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). PubMed contains more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. The MEDLINE database of citations and abstracts includes the fields of medicine, psychology, health-care systems, and preclinical sciences. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites. Additionally, institutions can access full-text content via LinkOut, a service that allows users to link directly from PubMed and other NCBI databases to a wide range of information and services beyond the NCBI systems.
Researchers can use a targeted PubMed search starting in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. The MeSH thesaurus is a list of more than 25,000 terms used to index and search for biomedical literature.
The Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy
Alexander Street; http://alexanderstreet.com/products/video-journal-counseling-and-therapy
This resource is a streaming collection of research and best practices in the fields of counseling, mental health, and psychology. Content includes contemporary presentations, lectures, and workshops from prominent counselors, psychologists, and practitioners. Currently with nearly 300 titles, such as Caring for the Alzheimer’s Patient: Plain Talk and Practical Tools; Couple Therapy: The Complete Guide; Autism: Current Perspectives and Future Outlook; and Strategic Therapy with a Couple, topics include PTSD, cognitive behavioral therapy, addictions, ADHD, psychopharmacology, evidence-based treatment, suicide risk assessment, compassion fatigue, and family and couples therapy.
The currency of this resource is a plus, as presentations featuring studies, trends, techniques, and outcomes are added the same year they occur, meaning that users can watch as if in attendance, without the cost of travel or conference fees.
The Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy is available through annual subscription or onetime purchase, based on FTE. A subscription includes all the videos from the current calendar year plus the three previous years, for a total of more than 1,400 hours. Video licensors include CMI, the Brief Therapy Conference, Couples Conference, and Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference.
Continuing education credits are available for most of the videos, and subscribers to Counseling and Therapy in Video Volumes 1 and 2 can access the three collections through a single interface.
Gail Golderman (email@example.com) is electronic Resources Librarian and Bruce Connolly (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Reference & Bibliographic Instruction Librarian, Schaffer Library, Union College, Schenectady, NY