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Identifying a Test

The following resources provide access to titles and descriptions of tests organized by subject matter. While few provide the tests themselves, they are useful in identifying groups of similar tests and providing test properties and reviews that allow you to narrow your search to a specific test.

Obtaining a Test

Obtaining a Test:

You may be able to find the full text of a test from a book on the shelf, a journal article or a website, but more than likely, you'll need to contact the publisher or the author for a copy. You may need a faculty letter in order to obtain the test, and there may be a cost associated with it.

Listed below are various resources that can aid you in finding a test.

You can also try searching in PsycINFO

PyscINFO Search:

There are two ways to search for tests:

Go to "Advanced Search."

Method #1:

In the first search term box, enter the name of the instrument, the word, "AND" and the word, "appended."

In the drop-down menue next to the search box, select "Tests and Measures."

ex: "anxiety and appended" Tests and Measures

Your results should contain a test(s) for anxiety appended to the article(s).

Method #2:

In the first search box, enter the term, "test appended."

In the drop-down box next to this box, select "Keywords."

In the second search box, enter the name or the subject of the test.

Your results should contain appended tests.

Other Ways to Obtain Tests:

Print Reference (Mental Measurements, Tests in Print, Test Critiques)

At the back of each print volume, there is a "Publishers Directory and Index," which contains the names and contact information for the test publishers.

Association of Test Publishers

A website, which lists contact information for test publishers

Copyright Issues

Test and measurements, regardless of whether they have been published in a journal, are copyright-protected. In order to use a test, you must get permission from the author. If you obtain a faculty letter stating the reason for your request, it is often possible to get permission to use the test. Contact the publisher or author of the test for permissions.

For more information on copyright issues, go to the APA website:

 

http://www.apa.org/science/programs/testing/find-tests.aspx 

 

 

 

 

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