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List of prior "New Features" in reverse chronological order...

Short Titles

We added a new feature called "Short Titles" where you can use simpler article names in the URL as an alternative to the normal naming system. For example, the PsychWiki page on aggression is "http://www.psychwiki.com/wiki/Aggression" but you can also access it now by "aggression.psychwiki.com"

How to Footnote

We installed a new footnote function so that you can use footnoting to make it easier for the reader to find relevant information. See the Help! section about how to footnote. Here is another example -- Footnotes_test -- where we combined the "footnote" function with the "Google Scholar" function where putting double brackets around text that ends in a date creates a link to Google Scholar. That way, your "References" section at the bottom contains links to the actual references.

"Did You Know..." archive page

"Did You Know..." that this week marks the 50th week of posting "Did You Know"s on the Main Page, so we have created an "Did You Know" archive page of all the past week's entries for "Did You Know...".

Virtual Lab Meeting

An Online Lab Meeting parallels all the functions of a traditional in-person Lab Meeting, except now researchers from other schools and departments can take part. For example, in lab meetings you... collaborate on new projects, share and discuss research with people who have common research interests including sharing "Orphan Studies" and etc., but there are many more colleagues with shared research interest and expertise beyond just your department/school. With PsychWiki OLM you can collaborate at the level of the entire research field, not just your department/school.

Search

In order to improve the "search" function, we installed "case sensitivity" so that the search function will try to capitalize all words in a string if it does not get a match with regular case sensitivity.

Statistics

In order to provide you more information about PsychWiki we have posted information about the the number of users, pages, page edits, and page views on the Main Page, and we have another page called Statistics that provides even more information.

Graduate Student Survey

Have you ever wondered how you compare to other graduate students in terms of number of publications, posters, level of stress or debt, etc.? We are currently conducting a nationwide survey of graduate students to find out about graduate school experiences across the different years in programs (e.g., 1st year, 2nd year, etc). *Please note that the full results from the study will be submitted for publication shortly, but until then partial results from the survey will be updated every Sunday until the survey is completed.

Comment Form

We created an interactive Comment Form so that people can submit questions, comments, or suggestions directly to us (the admins) either anonymously or by providing an email address if they would like a response. We are also using that Comment Form so that people can "Nominate an Article" for the "Featured Article of the Month" on the Main Page.

Organizing Framework

We posted a framework that serves as an organizing principle for the Psychology Concepts section. The Organizing Framework page discusses how creating a taxonomy of the Person and the Situation would be helpful to both the lay person and psychology researchers in providing a common structure for integrating topics within psychology, and in providing a road map for researchers to travel that highlights important topics, new relationships, and unanswered research questions.

Website Templates

Have you ever wanted your own webpage but didn't have the time/money to learn about obtaining a domain name, hosting, webdesign, HTML code, FTP, and etc. Wiki software makes it free/easy to create your own page, and it also allows interlinking to internal links about the type of research you conduct (see Psychology Concepts), links to your department homepage and your collaborators, and the ability to upload documents like your C.V. or research papers. In the People section we have an "Add a Page" box where you can type in your name and it automatically creates a webpage for you that will be linked to the People section. We also created "Templates" that you can copy/paste into your webpage if you want a more dynamic look to your webpage. We created a People Template Guide and six Templates.

Google Scholar

We created a new editing tool where putting double brackets around text that ends in a "date" creates a link to Google Scholar. For example, typing this: [[Baron and Kenny, 1986]], creates this: (Baron and Kenny, 1986). "Google Scholar" is a freely-accessible web search engine that indexes the full-text of scholarly literature (including theses, books, abstracts and articles) across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Learn more on our Help! section about the Google Scholar function.

Google search within PsychWiki

It is possible to use Google as your search engine when searching PsychWiki. The following link opens a Google search for only pages within PsychWiki. Open the link and type in what you are looking for ► Google search within PsychWiki

Sandbox

To see how easy it is to edit pages, we created a "Sandbox" where you can practice editing or experiment with different editing tools. After you login, click on the "edit" tab at the top of the page, and scroll down to where it says "Start here". Note that content added here will not stay permanently. We also posted an Editing Guide in case you have any questions or want to learn new techniques such as how to spell-check, create sections and links, use bullets and lists, etc. And for you more adventurous types who want to go the extra mile in creating distinctive and unique pages, there are links posted at the bottom of each section of the Editing Guide with more detailed information.

Getting Started

To help new users get acquainted with PsychWiki and the functionality of wiki software, there is now a section on the Main Page called "Getting Started" where we provide a concise overview of PsychWiki in the "New to PsychWiki?" page, and provide some background information about PsychWiki in the "About PsychWiki" page, such as why we started PsychWiki and how to contact the admins. In the "Getting Started" section we also provide a concise explanation of the how to Search, Edit, and Practice using PsychWiki.

Did You Know

Did you know that there is an online effect size calculator on the Lyons & Morris website that allows you to calculate r, d, and z from different test statistics like t-test, ANOVA, chi-square, p-values, etc; or did you know that there is an Association for Psychological Science (APS) weblog of recent newsworthy research findings in psychological science called "We’re Only Human..." by the Director of Public Affairs Wray Herbert who is also a columnist for Newsweek.com for the "Mind Matters" column. Found out about these fun facts and more in the "Did You Know" section on the Main Page which is updated weekly every Sunday.

Featured Article

PsychWiki has a new feature called "Featured Article of the Month" where a new article is chosen each month for display on the Main Page. Contact the admins if want to nominate an article.

Research

Got some research that you want to share? Perhaps you could use some feedback on your unpublished research? Consider this an online poster session or symposia. We created a section called Research where you can see some of the work done in various labs or share some of your own work.

People

See other researchers webpages or start your own. You go to conferences? publish papers? Let people know who you are and what you are interested in.

Research Tools

How can PsychWiki help you conduct research? PsychWiki not only provides a forum for pooling our field's collective knowledge and creating an ever-expanding compendium of information/links, but PsychWiki also makes it possible for anyone to share concrete research tools they have discovered that helps with the business of doing research.

Using Psychwiki to enhance Professional Development Meetings at your school

The Professional Development section on PsychWiki started as a Professional Development Series in the Social Psychology Department at the University of Southern California. We created a page where you can learn how to use this wiki to enhance professional development meetings at your school by clicking here. For example, you can use the content within the Professional Development mainpage as a resource for the information presented at your Professional Development meetings. You can also create a stand-alone webpage for your school's professional development talks to help coordinate and preserve the information from your meetings. See an example from the USC Psychology Department.

Add a Page

With all the different uses and sections within PsychWiki, we wanted to make it easy for people to start new pages and figure out where to link your new page to the rest of the resources on PsychWiki, so we created an "Add a Page page where you can learn how to create new pages and have a central resource for adding pages to each of the sections within PsychWiki. We configured the "Add a Page" feature so that a link to your page is automatically created if you know the section you want your new page to link to. Or, if you don't know which section your page belongs in, create it and the site organizers will be notified of your page addition and will find a place to link it to the rest of the site.

Help! section

We all need a little help now and then, so we created a "Help!" section where you can learn about all that the wiki software has to offer, including how to search PsychWiki, edit pages, organize the material, and track the changes made to the site. We also explain all the various functions/links along the top of the pages (e.g., Article, Discussion, Edit, History, Move, Watch), functions/links at the top of the webpage (e.g., my preferences, my watchlist, my contributions, etc), the functions/links within the left-hand side windows (e.g., search window, navigation window, content area window, toolbox window), and the functions/links along the bottom of the page (e.g., privacy policy, About PsychWiki, Disclaimers).

Psychology Concepts

These pages aim to describe social and personality psychology concepts. It is hoped that by making this a collaborative process, these pages will be more up to date and easier to digest than alternative methods of finding out what is currently going on in a subject (i.e., textbooks, journal articles, etc...).

Professional Development

We each have acquired unique skills and knowledge over the years through our experiences as researchers and teachers in our fields of interest -- passing on this implicit knowledge is the very purpose behind the mentorship model of learning in graduate school where benefiting from the accumulated experiences of your mentor provides a rich learning environment. Now everyone can benefit from the experiences/knowledge of each other! Unlike a traditional static website, a wiki offers the unique advantage to pool our collective knowledge because anyone, even you, can edit the webpages and add what they know.

Special Pages

One unique and helpful functionality of the wiki software are "Special Pages" that allow you to see a list of all pages within PsychWiki, random pages, pages in order by decreasing size, pages in order by increasing size, pages by date of creation, pages by reverse order of creation, the pages with most links, the pages with most page views, a listing of new images uploaded to PsychWiki, and many more Special Pages...
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