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MFT 6700: Graduate Research: Tests and Measures

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Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of an information literacy session, students will be able to:

  • identify tests and measures related to their topic
  • locate the full text of an instrument (if available)

For the final research proposal and presentation, students will be able to:

  • select one or more instruments to use for proposed data collection
  • justify the use of the instrument(s) based on reliability and validity

Databases of Tests and Measures

Use these databases to find information about a test or measure, such as reliability, validity, how it has been used, and occasionally the instrument itself.

  • Search PsycINFO...
    • by topic (e.g. vocation)
      • search for your topic, then view Tests & Measures limiter on the left of the search results
    • by measure title or acronym (e.g. “calling and vocation questionnaire”)
      • TM Tests and Measures field: locates all mentions of the instrument in Tests and Measures field (broad); use keyword “appended” to see if full-text is included
      • Select a Field: searches within Title, Translated Title, Classification Codes, Abstract, Keyword, Subjects, and Author (broad)
      • SU Subjects/DE Subjects: locates articles about measure as a topic (narrow)

Watch the tutorial below for an example of searching for tests and measures in PsycINFO (4:06)

Resources for Evaluating Tests and Measures

This is not a comprehensive list of resources available on the Index Tables. See this list for more titles.

Assessment Reference Sources

Search SPU Primo for more sources on this topic. 

Other approaches to locating a test or measure:

  1. Search SPU Primo by keyword for topic or test name (a measure may be in a book's appendix). 
  2. Search for websites via Google under the measure's specific title in quotations to see if it is available online. 
  3. Consult SPU Psychology faculty; they may know of a measure on your topic and how to get it.