Social Work Liaison's Toolkit : Tests and Measures

Resources and strategies for identifying and locating tests and measures, and reviews of tests and measures.

Finding tests & test information: Library databases

Enter relevant keywords in the search boxes.  Locate the search limit “Publication Type” and select “Questionnaire/Scale” and “Research Instrument”.
 
Enter relevant keywords in the search boxes. Locate the search limit “Publication Type” and select “Tests/Questionnaires”.
 
Enter relevant keywords/subjects and limit to “Primary Source”; this will limit results to article that contain the measure or discuss its development.
 
Enter relevant keywords and add appropriate MeSH terms such as: “Psychological tests”, “Psychometrics”, “Psychiatric status rating scales” or “Questionnaires”.
 
Search for the name of the test or measure and limit to the “Abstract” or “Title” field. Check the table of contents of the dissertation or thesis to see if the instrument is included in the appendix.
 
To find sources about tests: enter relevant keywords in the search boxes and limit to the field “Tests and Measures”. 
To find sources that contain the full text of tests: search for “appended”, limiting to the field “Tests and Measures” and add title or subject keywords, also limiting to the field “Tests and Measures”.
 
Contains the full text of tests, primarily unpublished non-commercial tests.
 
 
 

Finding tests & test information: Web Sites

 
A free database that provides information on instruments that measure attributes associated with youth development programs. Full text is available for some instruments, for others only a description and contact information is provided. 
 
Searchable index of over 25,000 tests. Tests that were published in journals or books should have a citation for the source publication. Some of tests may be purchased through the ETS store, others may be available from publishers. 
 
Includes links to a number of mental health related scales; some are free, and some must be purchased.
 
A searchable index of full-text psychosocial tests, instruments, rating scales, and measures found in books and journal articles.
 
A searchable index of over 15,000 full-text tests, scales, and measures included in over 125 books and other collections.
 

Finding tests & test information: Books

 
Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures (Vols. 1-9). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 1974-2008. lock
Identifies noncommercial tests, scales, and measures used in research studies published in about 30 psychology journals.
 
Fischer, Joel, and Kevin Corcoran, eds. Measures for clinical practice and research: a sourcebook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. lock
This 2-volume book contains full instruments on a wide variety of areas relevant to clinical practice with couples, family, children and adults.
 
 
Arranged by subject and indexed by title, author, and publisher. Brief descriptions of tests as well as publisher and contact information.
 
Tests in Print (Vols 1-8). Lincoln: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements, 1961-2011. lock
Provides descriptions for known commercially available tests that are in print in English. (Also included as part of the Mental Measurements Yearbook database on the EBSCO platform).
 

Finding tests & test information: Finding Reviews of Tests

 
A database providing reviews of over 3,000 tests and measures. Also available in a bundle with Tests in Print.
 
Provides descriptions of over 3,500 commercially available tests; over 2,800 of them have reviews that can be purchased individually.
 

Finding tests & test information: Using Tests

 
Finding Information About Psychological Tests - American Psychological Association. Includes information on responsibilities of test users.
 
Standards, Codes & Guidelines for testing and assessment practices.
 
 

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