Archives for January 2014

Resources in Psychology

You say, “I can’t find any articles in Psychology!”  How does that make you feel?  Frustrated?  Angry?  Depressed?  A little…crazy?

Let Ross Pendergraft Library write you a new prescription—PsychINFO.

Located on our Tech Databases page, this database contains abstracts and citations for over 2,500 periodicals.  It includes more than 3.5 million records and summaries from as far back as the 1600’s.  Regarded as the most extensive research database devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health, PsychINFO can help you find the right article and the right research at any academic level, from undergraduate to faculty.

The interface is similar to Academic Search Complete, the database featured directly on our homepage.  However, results in PsychINFO are limited to articles within behavioral science journals—clearing out the clutter and providing more focused results in sociology, psychology, gerontology, and other social sciences.


Other features include a powerful thesaurus, a cited references tool, and the ability to perform searches by tests & measures, population, methodology, and grant/sponsorship.  Check out this list of video tutorials for search tips using these and other features.

As an added bonus, the Library recently purchased PsychARTICLES–a companion collection of 101 full-text journals in behavioral science and related fields of nursing, business, and neuroscience.  Read recent articles from a number of journals like American Psychologist, Developmental Psychology, Group Dynamics, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.  Browse our title list to look for specific journals.

The two collections are linked seamlessly, offering more full-text articles through the PsychINFO interface.  Spend less time looking for full-text and more time reading full-text.

If you are still having some database “issues”, come see your research therapists at the Reference Desk in the Library.  Or shoot us an email at   We promise to help you feel better about your research, and we won’t charge by the hour.


Top Ten of 2013

Tis’ the season for top ten lists!  Bookstores have best seller lists; libraries have best circulating lists.  Here’s a look at what Arkansas Tech has been reading, watching, and listening to during the year 2013.

Top ten most checked-out books from the Popular Reading collection:

  1. World War Z : an oral history of the zombie war / by Max Brooks.
  2. Cinder / written by Marissa Meyer.
  3. Crown of embers / by Rae Carson
  4. Game of thrones / George R.R. Martin.
  5. Giver / Lois Lowry.
  6. Incarceron / Catherine Fisher.
  7. Scorpio Races / Maggie Stiefvater.
  8. Girl of fire and thorns / Rae Carson.
  9. History of the world according to Facebook / Wylie Overstreet.
  10. Why we broke up / novel by Daniel Handler

Top ten most checked-out audiobooks:

  1. Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone / J.K. Rowling.
  2. Hobbit / by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  3. Game of thrones  / George R.R. Martin.
  4. Feast for crows / George R.R. Martin.
  5. Storm front / Jim Butcher.
  6. Telegraph Avenue : a novel / Michael Chabon.
  7. Bayou trilogy / by Daniel Woodrell.
  8. James Herriot collection / by James Herriot.
  9. Singularity is near : when humans transcend biology / Ray Kurzweil.
  10. Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets / J.K. Rowling.

Top ten most checked-out movies:

  1. Curious case of Benjamin Button
  2. Silver linings playbook
  3. Avatar
  4. Life of Pi
  5. Insidious
  6. Thor
  7. Game of thrones. The complete second season
  8. Skyfall
  9. Walking dead. The complete first season
  10. Spirited away

And the number one most checked-out item in the whole library is….circulation headphones!

Want something from these lists that is checked out?  You can always place a hold request on the item so that when it returns, you will be the first to know.  Just find the item in the online catalog, and pick “Place a Hold or Recall” action from the top left of your screen.

Place a hold

For questions about placing holds, checking out items, or searching the online catalog, contact your ever popular librarians:  Happy new year!