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PsycCRITIQUES, launched in September 2004, is a searchable database of book reviews in psychology. It also includes reviews of some popular films and comparative reviews of books. The database replaces the print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, providing major enhancements, very current reviews, and more content. In each weekly release, PsycCRITIQUES will deliver approximately 20 reviews of psychological books, most from the current copyright year.

There are 3 ways to access information: (1) view the weekly releases; (2) browse by author/editor, book/film title, or publication year; (3) perform a standard database search.


Help is available via a link in the upper right corner of every screen.

User tools and features

  • Journal alerts and Search history alerts.
  • Compatible with RefWorks.
  • Saved searches. Free My EBSCOHost account required.
  • A visual search tab allows the user to search efficiently across broad subjects, and then returns a visual map of results, organized by topic.
  • iPhone and Android applications.

Dates covered

Sept. 2004- (includes nearly 5000 Contemporary Psychology reviews from 1995-2004.)

Updating frequency



Current books - reviews are written by invitation.

Type of coverage

Full text reviews of current books, some popular films and comparative reviews of books. Offers reviews and book cover images.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Replaces the APA's print journal Contemporary Psychology:APA Review of Books as of December 2004.

Producer/content provider

American Psychological Association

Vendor/electronic presentation provider