Frequently Asked Questions About PsycCRITIQUES®
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What is PsycCRITIQUES?
PsycCRITIQUES® is a database of full-text reviews of books, videos, and popular films. It replaced the APA print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, which APA published from 1956 to 2004.
Who produces PsycCRITIQUES?
PsycINFO®, a division of APA, produces PsycCRITIQUES in collaboration with APA Journals®.
PsycINFO is the most comprehensive and authoritative database of bibliographic reference sources that cover scholarly and peer-reviewed publications in psychology and related disciplines.
The division also produces the electronic versions of APA journals and books in the PsycARTICLES® and PsycBOOKS® databases, as well as PsycEXTRA®, a compilation of gray literature that is published outside the scholarly peer-review process.
What information is in PsycCRITIQUES?
PsycCRITIQUES combines weekly releases of 18–20 reviews with a full searchable database of reviews published in electronic form since September 2004 and published in the print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books between 1956 and 2004.
Each week additional reviews of current copyright year books, videos, and films are released. Images of reviewed items are included when they are available. Each review published since 2004 includes a link to an author bio for the reviewer.
What search capabilities are available?
PsycCRITIQUES is searchable by author, reviewer, document title, and other standard search fields. Users can also browse by author, title, and year. Optional email alerts are available to lead you to a new table of contents for the weekly release.
Important search links in PsycCRITIQUES include:
- Link to previously published updates
- Link to reviewer biographies
- Link to cited references where available
In what format(s) are the book reviews made available?
The reviews are in HTML format.
How can I get an individual subscription to PsycCRITIQUES and how much will it cost?
If you are an APA Member but don't have an APA PsycNET Gold or APA PsycNET Platinum subscription, you can subscribe just to PsycCRITIQUES.
Non-member subscriptions are available through the APA PsycNET Gold package.
PsycCRITIQUES Direct provides 24-hour day pass access to both APA Members and non-Members for a nominal fee.
What is the institutional price for PsycCRITIQUES?
What vendors offer access to PsycCRITIQUES?
PsycCRITIQUES is available through a site license on APA PsycNET and several other vendors. See APA's vendor directory page.
Is PsycCRITIQUES COUNTER compliant?
COUNTER is a statistics standard for reporting online usage statistics. APA PsycNET, the APA delivery platform, is fully compliant with COUNTER Release 3.
For more information visit the Usage Statistics page of the Librarian's Resource Center. We also have a tutorial (4 minutes, 9 seconds) that gives a detailed overview of the APA PsycNET usage statistics reports we provide and the formats in which they are available.