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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Baer, Wolf, and Risley's 1968 article is the standard description of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is the "process of applying sometimes tentative principles of behavior to the improvement of specific behaviors, and simultaneously evaluating whether or not any changes noted are indeed attributable to the process of application -- and if so, to what parts of that process." In short, ABA is a "self-examining, self-evaluating, discovery-oriented research procedure for studying behavior" (p. 91).
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Key Databases include PsycINFO (Ovid), Medline (Ovid), and PubMed.
PsycINFO (Ovid) is an electronic bibliographic database providing abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. The database includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. Updated weekly, PsycINFO® provides access to journal articles, books, chapters, and dissertations.
Medline® (Ovid) covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 3,900 journals published world-wide. Medline is updated weekly.
PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. Updated weekly, PubMEd includes all citations in MEDLINE and a number of additional life science journals not indexed in Medline. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources. One such site is PubMedCentral, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.
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