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Finding Tests, Measures, and Appraisals: Getting Started

Assessments, Tests, and Measures

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Types of Measures

Psychological Tests fall into two main categories:

  • Published tests are commercially published and available for purchase by trained or registered professionals
  • Unpublished tests, on the other hand, are not commercially available. They are usually found referenced in journal articles or dissertations.

This guide will help you find information about both types of measures.


Discover a Test

The first step is looking to see if a measure exists on a given topic. Name and descriptions of measures can be found in many sources.

Locate Unpublished Measures in:

  1. Books and Reference Books
  2. Research Databases
  3. Dissertations
  4. Web Directories

Find Test Reviews

Mental Measurements Yearbook

MMY is available in Print (as a book series dating back to 1938) or as a Database. Use this source to find Commercially available Published psychological Instruments

Obtain a Copy of an Unpublished Test

Now that you have discovered that a Test exists on your topic and Checked it's Reliability and Validity data; It's time to see if we can obtain a copy of the Psychological Test.