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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, and how it has been used, and occasionally the instrument itself.

  • Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print Internacional
    Best source for analysis of published measures (such as those in the library's Test File); critiqued for validity and reliability
    Includes Tests in Print
  • PsycTESTS
    Identify unpublished tests/measures; not as vetted as those in MMY.
    View Test Development Record within a record to see more info about the test, such as reliability, validity, and permissions for use.

    Watch the tutorial below to find reliability and validity info in PsycTESTS:

  • PsycINFO
    Use TM Tests and Measures field to identify journal articles and book chapters that use specific tests or measures. Restrict your search to that limiter in "Select a field." To find if the test itself is available, add the word "Appended" to the end of the name of the measure when constructing your search. Under INDEXES, you can 'Browse the INDEXES' drop-down field 'Tests and Measures' to find an alphabetical list of ways test names are listed, including the number of articles involved.
    Watch the tutorial below for an example of searching for test 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.

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Measures for Clinical Practice and Research, Volume 1 - Kevin Corcoran (Editor); Joel Fischer (Editor)
Call Number: Index Tables (BF176 .C66 2013 )
Volume 1 is on couples, families, and children.

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Assessing Common Mental Health and Addiction Issues with Free-Access Instruments - Bradley T. Erford et al.
Publication Date: 2013
Includes reviews of 48 instruments available for free on the internet.

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Assessment of Family Violence - Eva L. Feindler
Call Number: Index Tables (RC560.S44 R38 2004 )

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Assessment of Partner Violence - Jill H. Rathus; Eva L. Feindler
Call Number: Index Tables (RC560.S44 R38 2004 )

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Tests in Print VIII
Call Number: INDEX TABLE
Also searchable in Mental Measurements Yearbook database
Older editons also are available on the INDEX TABLES

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Directory of unpublished experimental mental measures
Call Number: Index Tables (BF431 .G625)

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Tests: a comprehensive reference for assessments in psychology, education, and business - Taddy Maddox
Call Number: Index Tables (BF176 .T43 2008)
Older editons also are available on the INDEX TABLES

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Compendium of Questionnaires and Inventories - Sarah Cook
Call Number: Index Tables (HF5549.5.T7 C5955 2007)
Includes many I/O-related instruments: view the Table of Contents.

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Measures of Religiosity
Call Number: Index Tables (BR110 .M43 1999 )


Assessment Reference Sources

Search SPU Primo for more resources on this topic. 

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Handbook of Psychology
Publication Date: 2012
Volume 10 is focused on Assessment Psychology

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Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics
Call Number: Reference (HA29 .S2363 2007)

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Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment
Call Number: Reference (BF176 .C654 2004)

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Encyclopedia of Psychological Assessment
Call Number: Reference (BF176 .C654 2004)


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.

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