Frequently Asked Questions About PsycBOOKS®

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What is PsycBOOKS?

PsycBOOKS® is a database of full-text book chapters from scholarly titles published by APA Books® and others.

The database includes an extensive collection of APA Books, including the most current and previously published scholarly and professional titles, all volumes from the APA Handbooks in Psychology Series, Classic Books, and the exclusive electronic release of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology. The Encyclopedia of Psychology contains more than 1,500 authored entries.


How do I get access to PsycBOOKS?

Libraries and other institutions: You can license PsycBOOKS from APA for delivery on the APA PsycNET platform, or through one of our trusted vendor partners. Please visit the Site License Fees for Institutions page for more information.

APA Members and Individuals: PsycBOOKS is included in the APA PsycNET Gold, APA PsycNET Gold Plus, and APA PsycNET Platinum subscription packages.


How often is PsycBOOKS updated?

PsycBOOKS is updated monthly.


How can I get search help?

PsycBOOKS is available on multiple vendor platforms. Each platform provides online help, so that's the best place to start. If you access PsycBOOKS via APA PsycNET, see this help menu.

If you're searching PsycBOOKS through your institution's library, a reference librarian may be able to guide you through the search.

In addition, the Search Help and Training Center has search guides and other useful information specific to each vendor system that provides PsycINFO databases, including PsycBOOKS. PsycBOOKS-specific training videos are also available.

For help with a specific search strategy, email APA Customer Relations. We can give you suggestions about what terms to search and help you if what you've searched for already isn't giving you the information you want.


What books are contained in PsycBOOKS?

PsycBOOKS contains books published by APA Books, all volumes from the APA Handbooks in Psychology series, and others. Browse the complete list of titles.


What is a "Classic Book"?

Classic Books are books selected as landmark titles in psychology—these titles are typically out of print. APA PsycNET, along with most vendor platforms, gives you the option to limit your search to Classic Books only.


Is PsycBOOKS COUNTER Compliant? Is SUSHI available?

Yes. COUNTER is a standard for reporting online usage statistics. APA is fully compliant with Counter Release 4. For more information visit the Usage Statistics page in the Librarian's Resource Center or view the APA Usage Statistics tutorial on APA PsycNET usage statistic reports.

APA also provides reports in SUSHI format. For more information on requesting SUSHI, please view this brief tutorial on Retrieving COUNTER 4 Usage Reports via SUSHI.


Who should I contact for more information?

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