Helpful and timely reviews of psychology related books, films, and videos by subject specialists

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PsycCRITIQUESWith more than 42,000 individual reviews written by skilled experts in their field, PsycCRITIQUES provides meaningful analysis and insights to take the guesswork out of selecting suitable psychology related books, films, and videos.

Gain insight on books and other media from a psychological perspective

Offering a wealth of information for practitioners, faculty, students, and librarians alike, the PsycCRITIQUES® database extends beyond typical book reviews by covering relevant films and videos. With new reviews added each week, PsycCRITIQUES provides analysis and insights to help in collection development, research, classroom activities, and practice.

Key benefits of PsycCRITIQUES

  • Quickly uncover and select the most useful resources for reading, viewing, or coursework in psychology and behavioral science
  • Full-text, comprehensive reviews allow users to quickly evaluate books, films, and videos for a variety of personal and professional uses
  • Engage in thought provoking discussions with the editor and other users via PsycCRITIQUES Spotlight
  • Get to know the reviewers, through reviewer biographies and convenient links to all of their indexed reviews

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Quick Facts
Database Type Full-text reviews
Record Type Reviews of psychologically relevant literature and resources
Number of Records 43,008+ reviews
Update Frequency 9–12 reviews added each week
Content Coverage
  • Full-text reviews of current books and some popular films, videos, and software, as well as comparative reviews of books
  • Includes Contemporary Psychology historical file from 1956–2004
  • Includes reviews, book cover images, and links
Record Format Full-text HTML
Content Alerts Optional email alerts for new content available at PsycALERT®: Free Email Updates

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Information current as of December 2017


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