Monday, September 24, 2012


We have a trial of PsycTESTS until 24th October 2012. To access this trial go to:

You will also find PsycTESTS results in DISCOVER (our main search and the Health & Life Sciences sub-set). Limit your results to PsycTESTS using the Content Provider facet.

PsycTESTS is a research database from the American Psychological Association that provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration.

PsycTESTS focuses primarily on unpublished tests, those developed by researchers but not made commercially available. Most records link to a variety of materials describing the test in peer-reviewed literature, technical reports, or dissertations as well as links to related peer-reviewed literature describing test development, review, or use. All records include a summary that describes the test, with its purpose and some history of its development. Most records include the actual test instrument.

Tests include those compiled from a systematic review of peer-reviewed journals published by APA, Hogrefe Publishing Group, and other large publishers; technical reports from PsycEXTRA; contributions from individual test authors; and collections from the Archives of the History of American Psychology. The records are created by skilled indexers with deep knowledge of the psychology literature.

After trying PsycTESTS please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

Monday, September 17, 2012

How do I use the new Electronic Library web pages?

If our rebuilt Electronic Library web pages have caught you by surprise, please take a look at the site's About this tab for a quick tour around, or for more detail about where familiar functions and pages can now be found please see our 'Ask Us' answer to : "How do I use the new Electronic Library web pages?".

The new Electronic Library pages are based on a single unified source of data that will allow us to keep our information much more up to data and in synch.

The library's e-journals and e-books are still to be found in the library catalogue too.

Future improvements will include:

· A single catalogue record for e-journals, with multiple links to all the places we have access (rather than multiple catalogue records, each of which links to a single site).

· The ability for Discover to respond intelligently to a search for a journal title (as opposed to an article title), with a highlighted record for the journal including a browse list of the years/volumes available through which you can navigate down to the article level, all within Discover.

Ask Us: the new way to find help

Try Ask Us..., the new way to find help from the Library.

You search the knowledge base of answered questions and the auto-suggest feature points you to the right answer. If you can’t find what you need, you can submit your own question, so the knowledge base grows as new questions are answered. 

Questions can also be submitted by Text, Email and Live Chat.

Ask Us features prominently on the Library home page and the tab appears on the right of every page throughout the site.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Electronic Library site launched

The new Electronic Library site has now been launched, introducing a number of improvements:
  • - easier searching & browsing
  • - improved linking to full-text
  • - comprehensive, up-to-date listings
  • - seamless access to quality-assured collections
  • - enhanced citation finding
  • - quick links to the major Database, Journal and e-Book sites
The new site places more emphasis on searching and browsing a complete list of titles, rather than listings and search tools by material type.

See About this site for more information about the new site's features.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Temporary closure of Leahurst campus library

The Leahurst campus library will be closed from Tuesday 11th September to Friday 12th October for building improvement works to facilitate the extensive Farm Animal project.

Please note that the book and journal stock will not be accessible during this period.