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Reviews and Peer Commentary APA Citations


Student referencing Reviews and Peer Commentary for 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.

You can find reviews in many places, including:

  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Websites
  • Blogs

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

How to Format a Review in APA

Reviewer, A.A. (2000). 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, movie etc. inside the brackets.
  • Include the author (s) names for books. Place after the title, use a comma.
  • Include the year of release for films, DVDs etc. Place after the title, use a comma.

Untitled Reviews

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

Include the doi or url at the end of the citation, if found online. Do not place a period after the url.

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


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


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

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


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


Source: APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition

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).


Georgio, P. (2002, March 7). No fire, no disco, no light [Review of the book Disco inferno, by D. Valentine]. Newsweek, 7(3), 34-35.


Source: APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition

Note: If accessed online, include DOI or URL.

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.

(Source: APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition)

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Adrienne Mathewson, Editor-in-Chief of Bibliography.com, is an Information Professional with a Master’s in Library, Information & Science from San José State University with an emphasis on information literacy and scholarly publishing. She is a certified librarian through the State of New Mexico.

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