PsycBOOKS, the American Psychological Association’s e-book database, is now available to readers at Penn. PsycBOOKS is the APA’s distribution platform for its current e-book publishing program, and the database also offers classic psychology books dating back to 1620 in an interface that offers indexing and fulltext searching with PDF output.
PsycBOOKS updates monthly with the most recent APA Books and other selected titles. In June 2015, PsycBOOKS contained 4,120 scholarly books with 61, 543 book chapters. These include 1,071 APA Books and 3,049 classic books. PsycBOOKS offers all volumes in the recently-started APA Handbooks in Psychology series and 100 out-of-print books published between 1950 and 2002. Exclusive access to the APA’s Encyclopedia of psychology (8 vols., Oxford University Press, 2000) is also provided by PsycBOOKS.
Several varieties of APA Books are not included in PsycBOOKS: APA Style products, Magination Press children’s titles, APA LifeTools trade books, textbooks, encyclopedias, or other reference publications. As PsycBOOKS content is purchased by the subscription year, the Penn Libraries will drop APA Books from its print approval plan effective July 2015; firm ordering print APA Books titles will continue on an as-needed basis.
PsycBOOKS joins PsycARTICLES, the APA’s e-journal database, PsycTESTS, the PsycTHERAPY streaming video collection, and PsycCRITIQUES on the APA PsycNET platform. (PsycINFO remains on the ProQuest platform.) Franklin: Catalog will show individual PsycBOOKS titles soon.
The Penn Libraries are interested in fitting PsycBOOKS into our readers’ curriculum and research. Please contact Lauris Olson, Coordinator for Social Sciences Collections, if you have questions about PsycBOOKS.