These resources provide information on ethical standards for the use of test and other measurement instruments, including academic, research, and professional practice settings.
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.
Commercial test or measurement instruments are not purchased by TAMU Libraries. These have undergone extensive testing to achieve high validity and reliability measures and are kept under tight control. Publishers protect access by selling copies to practicing psychologists 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.
Non-commercial tests & measures can also be found by searching databases for journal articles that describe test development and validity and reliability.
Graduate students needing access to test instruments for research purposes should:
1. Search databases for tests appended to or published in dissertations, journal articles, or books
2. Check the ETS Test Collection database - description and availability for over 25,000 tests & measures ($25 download fee)
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.
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.