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PSYC 315 Psychological Testing and Assessment: Home - Instruments & Surveys

Basic principles of the construction, administration, and interpretation of group and individual tests of intelligence, personality, interest, and achievement.

About this Guide

This guide includes and describes resources for finding tests and instruments and for finding information about them.  Finding this information can take a little digging.  Please contact the library if you need help navigating the databases and journal articles!

Tests and measures are often categorized as published or unpublished. Published tests are commercially available for purchase from a publisher and often may only be bought by a qualified or professionally credentialed user. Unpublished or noncommercial tests are usually referred to in journal articles, dissertations, reports, etc.and are often made available for use by contacting the author.

Books that include tests

APA Information on tests & Instruments

This website provides the American Psychological Association's explanations and definitions about published and unpublished tests and offers a list of steps for researchers to follow in obtaining permission for the use of unpublished tests.

Resources for finding informaton about tests (reviews and applications) are also included.

Psychological Testing Design & Evaluation

Databases with information about instruments

Seaching PsycINFO for test instruments

Find tests/ assessments in journal articles: use the following search example, and includes the searchterm "APPENDED" along with your own keywords or subject descriptors describing the type of measure you seek:

test OR assessment OR scale OR questionnaire OR measure OR survey  
AND eating disorders [thesaurus headings and/or keywords describing your topic]
AND appended

  • Limit the search using the REFINE Search Tab and select Publication Type: "Questionnaire/Scale", "Research Instrument", or "Research Instrument Utilization", or "Research Instrument Validation".

Tips on locating empirical research

To find articles that report on empirical research, some keywords you might want to use:

study, results, discussion, data, variables, limitations, implications, survey, respondents, population, conclusion

Such terms should be searched as keywords rather than subject terms because they reflect the kind of language used in an article describing empirical research, but they are not the topic or subject of the study.

Reference book with information about instruments

Books on Psychological Assessment


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