In Search of: Using the Thesaurus in PsycTESTS®

Now that PsycTESTS is available on all of the major vendor platforms, we wanted to take a few minutes to demonstrate how our thesaurus has been integrated into this database.

As you may know, APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms forms the backbone of our controlled vocabulary. It's updated regularly, with both additions and changes to existing terms.

There are a lot of interesting features in the thesaurus, but in this tutorial we're going to focus just on how you can access it and bring the terms you find into your search. For more in-depth information about the thesaurus, use the links below to view the thesaurus tutorial for the platform you use to access APA databases.

Note: Remember that PsycTESTS is still growing, and that you may need to use broader thesaurus terms in your search than you would in PsycINFO.

Why Use the Thesaurus?

APA grants permission for librarians and educators to link these tutorials to their library web sites, Libguides, course management software, and other resources intended to assist students and researchers in their work.