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The personnel experiment with records of American Psychologists has proved remarkably successful from the standpoints of making studies of the present status of the science of psychology and of readily furnishing useful information in accordance with the policy of the Research Information Service. The practicability of the mechanism having been definitely established and its serviceability having been demonstrated to a limited clientele, it remains to extend the Service to those who are in a position to utilize the opportunity. By means of the Findex punch-card system, the records of American psychologists have been arranged to provide available information about different subjects of psychological inquiry. From the indexed personnel records it has been a simple task to determine the frequency of professional activity or interest in a given specialty. Similarly it has required only a few minutes' work to obtain evidence of the changes in activity at different periods. For various purposes the Findex method has proved both versatile and expeditious.
This method of exhibiting the trends of psychology contrasts in certain respects with efforts to measure degree of specialization and activity through classification of the literature for certain periods or through surveys of departmental and laboratory organization in academic institutions. An analysis of the activities of the individuals behind any movement probably offers the most promising method of evaluating its course and status. By this method preponderance of interest at present in practical phases of psychology is readily demonstrable. Change from speculative to experimental interest also is revealed. Demonstration of the frequency with which interests in psychology are combined with related fields of inquiry is another illustration of the use of the Findex file.
The use of terminology to designate specialties, even by the membership of the American Psychological Association, is in many instances quite inconsistent. There is indication of confusion in the designation of subdivisions of the field of psychology which have been roughly classified as branches, methods, and points of view. Terminology representing each of these classifications appears in the Year Book of the American Psychological Association as “subjects of research." As a result of this lack of precision in reporting subjects of research, the scatter of activities represented by American psychologists evidently appears greater than it should.
Number 1. The national importance of scientific and industrial research. By George Ellery Hale and others. October, 1919. Pages 43. Price $0.50.
Number 2. Research laboratories in industrial establishments of the United States of America. Compiled by Alfred D. Flinn. March, 1920. Pages 85. Price $1.00. [Out of print. See Number 16.]
Number 3. Periodical bibliographies and abstracts for the scientific and technological journals of the world. Compiled by Ruth Cobb. June, 1920. Pages 24. Price $0.40.
Number 4. North American forest research. Compiled by the Committee on American Forest Research, Society of American Foresters. August, 1920. Pages 146. Price $2.00.
Number 5. The quantum theory. By Edwin Plimpton Adams.
Pages 81. Price $1.00. [Out of print.]
Number 6. Data relating to X-ray spectra. By William Duane. November, 1920. Pages 26. Price $0.50.
Number 7. Intensity of emission of X-rays and their reflection from crystals. By Bergen Davis. Problems of X-ray emission. By David L. Webster. December, 1920. Pages 47. Price $0.60.
Number 8. Intellectual and educational status of the medical profession as represented in the United States Army. By Margaret V. Cobb and Robert M. Yerkes. February, 1921. Pages 76. Price $1.00.
Number 9. Funds available in 1920 in the United States of America for the encouragement of scientific research. Compiled by Callie Hull. March, 1921. Pages 81. Price $1.00.
Number 10. Report on photo-electricity including ionizing and radiating potentials. and related effects. By Arthur Llewelyn Hughes. April, 1921. Pages 87. Price $1.00.
Number 11. The scale of the universe. Part I by Harlow Shapley. Part II by Heber D. Curtis. May, 1921. Pages 47. Price $0.60.
Number 12. Coöperative experiments upon the protein requirements for the growth of cattle. First report of the Subcommittee on Protein Metabolism in Animal Feeding. By Henry Prentiss Armsby, Chairman. June, 1921. Pages 70. Price $1.00.
Number 13. The research activities of departments of the State government of California in relation to the movement for reorganization. By James R. Douglas. June, 1921. Pages 46. Price $0.60.
Number 14. A general survey of the present status of the atomic structure problem. Report of the Committee on Atomic Structure of the National Research Council. By David L. Webster and Leigh Page. July, 1921. Pages 61. Price $0.75. Number 15. A list of seismologic stations of the world. Compiled by Harry O. Wood. July, 1921. Pages 142. Price $2.00.
Number 16. Research laboratories in industrial establishments of the United States, including consulting research laboratories. Originally compiled by Alfred D. Flinn; revised and enlarged by Ruth Cobb. December, 1921. Pages 135. Price $2.00.
Number 17. Scientific papers presented before the American Geophysical Union at its second annual meeting. March, 1922. Pages 108. Price $1.50.
Number 18. Theories of magnetism. By members of the Committee on Theories of Magnetism of the National Research Council. A. P. Wills, S. J. Barnett, L. R. Ingersoll, J. Kunz, S. L. Quimby, E. M. Terry, S. R. Williams. August, 1922. Pages 261. Price $3.00.
Number 19. Celestial mechanics. Report of the Committee on Celestial Mechanics of the National Research Council. E. W. Brown, G. D. Birkhoff, A. O. Leuschner, H. N. Russell. September, 1922. Pages 22. Price $0.40. Number 20. Secondary radiations produced by X-rays, and some of their applications to physical problems. Arthur H. Compton. October, 1922. Pages 56. Price $1.00.
Number 21. Highway research in the United States. Results of census by Advisory Board on Highway Research, Division of Engineering, National Research Council, in coöperation with the Bureau of Public Roads, United States Department of Agriculture. William Kendrick Hatt. October, 1922. Pages 102. Price $1.50. Number 22. Mechanical aids for the classification of American investigators, with illustrations in the field of psychology. November, 1922. Pages 50. Price $0.75.
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Number 1. Report of the Patent Committee of the National Research Council. Presented for the Committee by L. H. Baekeland, Acting Chairman. February, 1919. Pages 24. Price $0.30.
Number 2. Report of the Psychology Committee of the National Research Council. Presented for the Committee by Robert M. Yerkes, Chairman. March, 1919. Pages 51. Price $0.60. [Out of print.]
Number 3. Refractory materials as a field for research. By Edward W. Washburn. January, 1919. Pages 24. Price $0.30.
Number 4. Industrial research. By Frank B. Jewett. 1918. Pages 16. Price $0.25. Number 5. Some problems of sidereal astronomy. By Henry Norris Russell. October, 1919. Pages 26. Price $0.30.
Number 6. The development of research in the United States. By James Rowland Angell, November, 1919. Pages 19. Price $0.25.
Number 7. The larger opportunities for research on the relations of solar and terrestrial radiation. By C. G. Abbot. February, 1920. Pages 15. Price $0.20. Number 8. Science and the industries. By John J. Carty. February, 1920. Pages 16. Price $0.25.
Number 9. A reading list on scientific and industrial research and the service of the chemist to industry. By Clarence Jay West. April, 1920. Pages 45. Price $0.50. Number 10. Report on the organization of the International Astronomical Union. Presented for the American Section, International Astronomical Union, by W. W. Campbell, Chairman, and Joel Stebbins, Secretary. June, 1920. Pages 48. Price $0.50.
Number 11. A survey of research problems in geophysics. Prepared by Chairmen of Sections of the American Geophysical Union. October, 1920. Pages 57. Price $0.60.
Number 12. Doctorates conferred in the sciences in 1920 by American universities. Compiled by Callie Hull. November, 1920. Pages 9. Price $0.20. [Out of print.] Number 13. Research problems in colloid chemistry. By Wilder D. Bancroft. January-April, 1921. Pages 54. Price $0.50. [Out of print.]
Number 14. The relation of pure science to industrial research. By John J. Carty. October, 1916. Pages 16. Price $0.20.
Number 15. Researches on modern brisant nitro explosives. By C. F. van Duin and B. C. Roeters van Lennep. Translated by Charles E. Munroe. February, 1920. Pages 35. Price $0.50.
Number 16. The reserves of the Chemical Warfare Service. By Charles H. Herty. February, 1921. Pages 17. Price $0.25.
Number 17. Geology and geography in the United States. By Edward B. Mathews and Homer P. Little. April, 1921. Pages 22. Price $0.20. [Out of print.] Number 18. Industrial benefits of research. By Charles L. Reese and A. J. Wadhams. February, 1921. Pages 14. Price $0.25.
Number 19. The university and research. By Vernon Kellogg. June, 1921. Pages 10. Price $0.15.
Number 20. Libraries in the District of Columbia. Compiled by W. I. Swanton in coöperation with the Research Information Service of the National Research Council and Special Libraries. June, 1921. Pages 19. Price $0.25.
Number 21. Scientific abstracting. By Gordon S. Fulcher. September, 1921. Pages 15. Price $0.20.
Number 22. The National Research Council. Its services for mining and metallurgy. By Alfred D. Flinn. October, 1921. Pages 7. Price $0.20.
Number 23. American research chemicals. By Clarence J. West. September, 1921. Pages 28. Price $0.50.
Number 24. Organomagnesium compounds in synthetic chemistry: a bibliography of the Grignard reaction 1900-1921. By Clarence J. West and Henry Gilman. January, 1922. Pages 103. Price $1.50.
Number 25. A partial list of the publications of the National Research Council to January 1, 1922. February, 1922. Pages 15. Price $0.25.
Number 26. Doctorates conferred in the sciences by American universities in 1921. Compiled by Callie Hull and Clarence J. West. March, 1922. Pages 20. Price $0.20.
Number 27. List of manuscript bibliographies in geology and geography. Compiled by Homer P. Little. February, 1922. Pages 17. Price $0.25.
Number 28. Investment in chemical education in the United States, 1920-1921. By Clarence J. West and Callie Hull. March, 1922. Pages 3. Price $0.15.
Number 29. Distribution of graduate fellowships and scholarships between the arts and sciences. Compiled by Callie Hull and Clarence J. West, April, 1922. Pages 5. Price $0.15.
Number 30. The first report of the committee on contact catalysis. By Wilder D. Bancroft, chairman. In collaboration with the other members of the committee. April-July, 1922. Pages 43. Price $0.50.
Number 31. The status of "clinical" psychology. By F. L. Wells. January, 1922. Pages 12. Price $0.20.
Number 32. Moments and stresses in slabs. By H. M. Westergaard and W. A. Slater. April, 1922. Pages 124. Price $1.00.
Number 33. Informational needs in science and technology. By Charles L. Reese. May, 1922. Pages 10. Price $0.20.
Number 34. Indexing of scientific articles. By Gordon S. Fulcher. August, 1922. Pages 16. Price $0.20.
Number 35. American research chemicals. First revision. By Clarence J. West. May, 1922. Pages 37. Price $0.50.
Number 36. List of manuscript bibliographies in chemistry and chemical technology. By Clarence J. West. (In press.)
Number 37. Recent geographical work in Europe. By W. L. G. Joerg. July, 1922. Pages 54. Price $0.50.
Number 38. The abstracting and indexing of biological literature. J. R. Schramm. [In press.]
Number 39. A national focus of science and research. George Ellery Hale. [In press.]
Number 40. The usefulness of analytic abstracts. Gordon S. Fulcher. [In press.]
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