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Tests & Measures: Home

This is a guide for students to access information on test and measures.

Getting Started

  • Browse our books.
  • Search for articles with tests.
  • Search for tests in online dissertation.

Searching Techniques

Databases might have different interfaces but they have similar functionality:

AND: Use AND between search terms to reduce the number of results by including more than one concept, e.g. teen AND pregnancy.

ORUse OR between search terms to increase the number of results by including synonyms for a concept, e.g. (teen OR adolescent). 

" " Use quotation marks to search for a phrase, in the exact order you type it, e.g. “health care reform”. 

* Use an asterisk to search for multiple versions of a word, e.g. obes* will allow you to search for obesity and obese.

Types & Availability of Tests: "Published" vs. "Unpublished"

The American Psychological Association divides research instruments (questionnaires, scales, surveys, tests, etc.) into two broad categories - "published" (commercial) and "un-published" tests. 

"Published" tests are generally only available from a commercial publisher for a fee. Indexes like Mental Measurements Yearbook, Tests in Print and the ETS Test Link identify publishers of individual instruments.

"Unpublished" or "Non-Commercial" tests are sometimes reproduced in books or academic journal articles. The library has a number of full-text sources for non-commercial tests.

For more information, see the APA's guide to Finding Information About Psychological Tests.