The CDL is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the American Psychological Association (APA) to license PsycARTICLES, a database of full-text articles from 51 journals published by the APA, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber. 

Systemwide licensing of APA journals has been a priority for the CDL almost since its inception, with UC psychology selectors naming the APA as their most important publisher for systemwide ejournal licensing.  In order to meet user needs and facilitate transitions in our campus libraries from print to digital resources, completeness of content (i.e. digital content of journals that is at least equivalent to the print) was a critical licensing requirement.

Because the APA launched PsycARTICLES as a database of articles only, the CDL had been in continual negotiation with the APA over this point.  The APA situation was included in CDL’s “Barriers to Licensing” web page for several years. Fortunately, APA listened and recently changed its policy to include all content such as errata, table of contents, notes, and commentary.

PsycARTICLES has been mounted on the CSA platform and is displayed directly above its companion resource, PsycINFO.  All journals covered in PsycARTICLES are indexed in the PsycINFO database, which includes all materials from the print journals with the exception of advertisements and editorial board lists.

The license with the APA is a three-year agreement for unlimited simultaneous users and access for all 10 campuses.  The annual subscription includes access to all years that are available online. Dates of coverage vary somewhat by title, but generally APA publications start with 1987.

In order to facilitate campus transitions from print to a larger electronic investment, the CDL will contribute 100 percent of the annual subscription cost in 2004 and 75 percent in 2005.  In 2006 and beyond, the annual subscription will be shared equally between the CDL and the campuses.  Also beginning in 2006, the campuses have agreed to co-invest in a shared print archive of the APA journals.

You can search PsycARTICLES by specifying keywords that may occur in the article title, abstract, or the full-text, or by author names and journal titles.  Or, you can browse directly through the journal titles and click on the tables of contents for the respective volumes and issues.

UC e-Links is available in PsycINFO, which provides a link to the corresponding full-text article.  An alerting function is available that sends an email notification to users when a new issue has been added to the database.

The CDL would like to particularly thank Barbara Glendenning (UC Berkeley) and Lorna Lueck (UC Santa Barbara), along with Alice Perez (UC San Diego), Julia Gelfand (UC Irving), Joan Kaplowitz (UCLA), Christina Woo (UC Irving), David Michalski (UC Davis), Karen M. Mokrzycki (UC Santa Cruz), Michael Yonezawa (UC Riverside), and Min-Lin Fang (UC San Francisco) who tested vendor platforms and linking capabilities, verified the online coverage vs. print, and provided valuable input to the systemwide decision process.  Barbara Glendenning has graciously agreed to be Resource Liaison.

b. Wilson’s Education Full Text
By Diane Childs (UCLA), who has been nominated to be the Resource Liaison for Wilson Education Full Text

UC now has access to Wilson’s Education Full Text, a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts education literature from an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks.  The URL is: http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml

Indexing of periodicals extends as far back as 1983.  Full text extends as far back as 1996.  Although Wilson does not index as many journals as ERIC, it does provide full text access to 87 journals not covered by ERIC.  Additional journal titles are covered with abstracts only.  Abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source documents.

With the hiatus of ERIC’s coverage of journal literature, Wilson’s Education Full Text is especially important.  The database covers a wide range of education topics, including athletics, government funding, literacy standards, school administration, and teaching methods.