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Reviews and Peer Commentary APA Citations


Although reviews of books, movies, video games and other published entertainment are not primary sources, they can still be helpful in your research. As such, you’ll need to know how to cite reviews as part of writing your APA 6 format research paper.

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Where to Find Reviews

You can find reviews in many places, including:

Even your local small-town newspaper probably publishes reviews. You may even find reviews of reviews!

How to Format a Review Citation in APA

The proper APA 6 citation format when referencing a review is as follows:

Reviewer, R.R. (Date). Title of review [Review of the book Title of book, by A.A. Author]. Title of complete work, xx, xxx-xxx.

  • Include the medium, such as book or movie, inside the brackets.
  • Include the name of the author(s) for books. Place this after the book’s title, using a comma.
  • Include the year of release for films and DVDs. Place this after the title, also using a comma.

How to Cite Untitled Reviews

When citing a review without its own title, follow these guidelines:

  • Use the information inside the brackets as the title.
  • Keep the brackets.

Include the DOI or URL at the end of the citation, if you found the source online. Do not place a period after the URL.

Citation Examples

Review these examples for how to cite reviews in an APA style references list.

Example Book Review

Schatz, B. R. (2000, November 17). Learning by text or context? [Review of the book The social life of information, by J.S. Brown & P. Duguid]. Science, 290, 1304. doi: xx.xxxxxxx

Example Video Review

Axelman, A., & Shaprio, J.L. (2007). Does the solution warrant the problem? [Review of the DVD Brief therapy with adolescents, produced by the American Psychological Association, 2007]. PsycCRITIQUES, 52(51). doi: xx.xxxxxxxx

Example Review of Video Game – No Author

[Review of the video game Fortnite, produced by Epic Games, 2017]. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fortnite/id1261357853

Peer Commentary

Student referencing Reviews and Peer Commentary for APA Citations

Peer commentaries are articles written by others in your field about your paper. Unlike a peer-reviewed paper, commentaries are written after publication in a scholarly journal. The purpose of these articles is to add to the discussion of the topic, rather than to critique or edit the paper.

Commentaries can be useful as sources for your research as often additional citations are added, or perhaps, they can help you understand the original paper more clearly.


Sokolova, I. V. (n.d.). The power of gender biases [Peer commentary on the paper “Why women are more susceptible to depression: An explanation for gender differences” by C.M. Mulé]. Retrieved from http://www.personalityresearch.org/papers/mule.html#sokolova

Reviews Published in Magazines

Use this basic format to create reference list entries for reviews published in magazines.

Author Last Name, First Initial(s). (Year, Month Day if applicable). Title of review: Subtitle if needed [Review of the publication type Publication title, by author first initial(s) last name]. Title of publication, volume number (issue number), page number(s).


Sanders, J. (2019, June 3). From Jamaica, with heartache. [Review of the book Patsy, by N.. Dennis-Benn]. Times, 193(21-22), 100.

Note: If you accessed the content online, include the DOI or URL in your citation entry.


Reviewing Your Review References

Even though reviews are not primary sources, they can be a fun way to add to your research sources. Follow your teacher’s instruction on using these sources in your school paper. If you are writing a short paper, you may want to focus on authoritative primary sources instead.

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