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Tests & Measurements: Find a Specific (Known) Test

This guide is intended to introduce users to the basic procedures and sources available to locate psychological tests and measures.

You know what you want: Find the test

This section describes procedures when you already know the test you want.


Method One: Search library catalog using the name of the test or measure.


Method Two: Use PsycInfo Tests & Measurements advanced search field

If you have an idea that the test or scale may have been published in a book, but you don't know the exact title of the book, you can use PsycInfo to find citations for the test.

>>>First, enter the name of the test (or a partial name, if that's what you have) the same as you would a keyword search, but use the "TM" field. (Note: this technique can also be used for browsing types of measures.)

>>>You'll see the names of the tests & measurements in the record for each relevant article, as below:



>>>Then you can find out which of the cited references may contain the test. (You'll know which item contains the test when you read the article and see which source is cited.)

For example, the scale listed above in the TM field as relevant to this work, called "Pubertal Development Scale" can apparently be found in the book cited below: Transitions through adolescence. Pubertal measures are found in one chapter of this book. Now that you know the title of the book, you can use this citation to look for the book in Homer.

Method Three: Use Google Google is a good starting point. It may give you some related information, such as reviews or publishing information, even though not the full-text. Hint: put the full name of a test, if you have it, in quotes, e.g. "pubertal development scale." Then Google will search for it as a phrase, rather than individual words.

Method Four: Contact the author PsycInfo article citations include the university or organizational affiliation of the authors, along with an address where you can forward correspondence regarding the article. Write to the author and ask for more information on the test or measure.

Method Five: Contact publisher to purchase the tests Commercially available tests are usually purchased through the test publisher. Publishers hold the copyright to tests they distribute, and they maintain the copies of tests, test manuals, and scoring keys.

After locating the name, address, or phone number of a test publisher, contact the publisher with your request for information on a particular test (including purchase inquiries). Such inquiries should be made directly to the test publisher. Many publishers have separate policies for individual and organizational purchases of tests.

Individuals may be required to complete a test purchaser qualifications form that allows a publisher to determine if the purchaser is qualified and competent to administer and interpret the test.