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Psychology

Responsibilities of Test Users

These resources provide information on ethical standards for the use of test and other measurement instruments, including academic, research, and professional practice settings.

Finding Reviews for Commercial Tests

Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print merged into one database providing a description and reviews for commercial tests and measures. Full text of commercial tests & measures can be purchased from publishers (with appropriate credentials) and are sometimes appended (with prior permission from the copyright holder) to book chapters, journal articles, or dissertations as part of a research study.

  • Mental Measurements Yearbook (EBSCO) 
    Provides a description, validity and reliability data, and two full-text critiques/reviews for each commercial,standardized test instrument and measurement scale described in the database. Tests are classified into 18 areas such as educational skills, intelligence, aptitude, personality, and achievement. Descriptions Include: administration time, intended test population, price, publication date, acronym, author(s), publisher, and test purpose (what is being measured). MMY includes content from all of the print Yearbooks, 1938 through current. 

Finding Full-Text Commercial Tests & Measures

Commercial test or measurement instruments are not purchased by TAMU Libraries.  These have undergone extensive testing to achieve high vailidity and reliability measures and are kept under tight control.  Publishers protect access by selling copies to practicing pyschologists or other qualified professionals only.  You will find "some" commercial tests (either in part or whole) appended to dissertations, books, or scholarly journal articles because researchers have obtained permission in advance from the test author or copyright holder (sometimes the publisher) prior to use and publication.  

Graduate students needing access to test instruments for research purposes should:

1.  Search databases for tests pubished in dissertations, journal articles, or books
2.  Contact the test author to request a copy
3.  Contact the publisher to purchase a copy 

Keep in mind that if you wish to alter an original test or other measurement instrument for use in your thesis/dissertation or publication, you must first seek permission to do so from the test author or copyright holder.  Merely citing the instrument is not sufficient.  See Responsibilities of Test Users section.

Databases

These databases can be used to find both commercial and non-commercial tests and other measurement instruments appended to dissertations, journal articles, or in books.  See specific techniques for searching each database below to find the full text of the instruments.  ProQuest Dissertations & Theses is the database that usually yields the best results for commercial tests.

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global  
    Search for the test instrument name within the Abstract field. If a test is used in the dissertation, it will usually be mentioned in the abstract. Then view the PDF of each of the results. The Method section in the Table of Contents will usually list Measures used in the dissertation; and the test will sometimes be found in the appendix.
  • PsycINFO (EBSCO) 
    Do a combination search for the name of your test instrument within the Test & Measure field and "appended" as a keyword search, also within the Test & Measure field. If the test was appended to the end of the article, you will get results for your search.
  • ERIC (EBSCO) 
    Do a search for your test name and select "Tests/Questionnaires" as your Publication Type.
  • SDSU Test Finder 
    Free database produced by San Diego State University (SDSU). Search for the name of your test and it will return a list of books and journals with page numbers where the entire test (or portion) has been published.
  • ETS Test Collection 
    Educational Testing Service (ETS) Test Collection contains over 25,000 test instruments and measures from the early 1900s to the present. These are available to purchase for $25 download fee. For tests without an e-order field, you must contact the copyright holder displayed in the availability field.