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Psychological, Health, and Educational Tests: Databases for Finding Info about Tests

This Guide presents a selection of online and print resources related to test instruments in the fields of psychology, health, and education.

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This section provides a list of databases that index tests in some way. These databases can provide information about tests, including:

  • Where a test appears or was used in a journal article or research study.
  • Review information for a given test, including reliability and validity of the test.
  • Where to purchase a published test.

    Google Scholar

    Google Scholar is a time-saving, scholarly search interface accessible from within the Google interface. Google Scholar is often a good tool to use to search for a known item, such as a test or measure. To customize your interface for NYU resources, use the directions on our Google guide to set your Google Scholar preferences.

    Once you have customized the Google Scholar interface for NYU Libraries, you can use the "Check at NYU" link to access options for full text of articles, which may link you to more information about a health, education, or psychological test or measure.

    Databases Devoted to Tests & Measures

    PsycTESTS via APA PsycNET
    PsycTESTS is an electronic database providing descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations on the development and assessment of tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching. The database serves as a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures, as well as a source of structured information about tests of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work.

    Steps and Tips for Searching

    • Enter PsycNET. On the landing page, cick the arrow next to "Select Databases" (just above the "Advanced Search" heading) to reveal database options. De-select all except PsycTESTS to search the tests subset.  
    • Need a demo? Link to PsycTESTS tutorials.  Or, check out APA's Getting Started with PscyTESTS handout or their Field Guide.    

    Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)
    1985-present, with many earlier measures. HaPI indexes the use of tests and measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in journal literature in a variety of fields including public health, nursing, psychology, human resources, sociology, and communication. Records are indexed according to the MeSH subject headings and the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms (Ref1 Desk Z695.1 P7 T48 2004).

    Steps and Tips for Searching

    • To find only those articles that contain the actual instrument, limit by checking the "Primary Source" box.
    • To search by author name, enter the author's last name and first initial in the search box, and then click the author icon above; you will be taken to a list of author names, where you can select all that are appropriate to your search.
    • In some cases, you can order more information or the instrument itself by contacting the Behavioral Measurement Database Services at bmdshapi@aol.com; materials available through this method will contain a note within the abstract.

    Mental Measurements Yearbook
    MMY provides original reviews of, and citations to, articles about published educational, psychological, and vocational tests. Although called a "yearbook," new editions usually are published every two or three years. The online version begins in 1989 and is updated more frequently than the print editions (see Print Resources tab for info about the print edition).

    Steps and Tips for Searching

    • Be sure to vary your terms when searching, as many tests are known by multiple names, or their acronyms, and MMY isn't able to cross check for variations.
    • To make your search more exact, try the advanced search option and search for the test title only within the citation field.
    • If you do not find the test you are looking for, you might want to rerun your search via the Buros website (http://buros.unl.edu/buros/jsp/search.jsp). If you find the test via this route, look at the bottom of the record for the test and it will tell you which printed volume of MMY the review appeared in; you can then find it in our printed copies of MMY.

    Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences: Tests available in compilation volumes
    127 collections have been indexed to provide access to citations for approximately 12,000 measures. This is simply a list of some of the tests that can be found quickly in compilation volumes available in many libraries. This site was designed as a service to locate tests, measures, instruments, etc. when there is a known title and a copy of the test is desired.​

    SDSU Test Finder
    A "deep index" of books that contain instruments, some with numerous examples, and some with only 1-2. This resource is a nice compliment to the above "Tests in Compilation Volumes" list. 

    HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) at National Library of Medicine
    Information about research datasets and instruments/indices employed in Health Services Research, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Public Health with links to PubMed. Rather than being an archive of datasets and instruments themselves, the HSRR is a searchable online database of records, i.e., categorical descriptions of datasets and instruments       

    The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC)
    Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NQMC is a searchable public repository and Web site for information on specific evidence-based health care quality measures and measure sets. NQMC is sponsored by AHRQ to promote widespread access to quality measures by the health care community and other interested individuals.

    Literature Databases with Info about Tests & Measures

    PsycINFO via APA PsycNET
    An index of publications that the APA examines regularly to identify psychologically relevant material, including journal articles, dissertations, reports, English-language book chapters and books, and other scholarly documents. The TM field ["tests and measures" field] contains the names of published tests and measures mentioned in the source document. This field may contain multiple tests or measures.

    Steps and Tips for Searching

    • From the main PsycINFO search page, enter a word or phrase in the text entry box above the drop-down menu (e.g. "bereavement").
    • Then select "Tests & Measures" in the drop-down menu under the search box (the default setting is "Any Field"; change this to "Tests & Measures"). 
    • Click on "Search."
    • The resulting set of documents will all contain the word or phrase searched in the Tests and Measures field of each record.

    PsycINFO via Ovid 
    An index of publications that the APA examines regularly to identify psychologically relevant material, including journal articles, dissertations, reports, English-language book chapters and books, and other scholarly documents. The TM field ["tests and measures" field] contains the names of published tests and measures mentioned in the source document. This field may contain multiple tests or measures.

    Steps and Tips for Searching

    • From the main PsycINFO search page, select the "Search Fields" link above the search box.
    • Enter a word or phrase in the text entry box (e.g. "bereavement"); scroll down and make a check mark next to the field "tm: Tests & Measures."
    • Click on "Search>>."
    • The resulting set of documents will all contain the word or phrase searched in the Tests and Measures field of each record.

    CINAHL Plus
    An index of the literature of nursing and the allied health professions. Sometimes, a search of CINAHL turns up an article in which the test or survey instrument is not only mentioned, but re-printed. If the instrument itself is indexed in CINAHL Plus it will have the Publication Type "research instrument" (e.g., Brief Pain Inventory). Similarly, one can perform a search and Limit to the Publication Type "research instrument." The Instrumentation (IT) field in a record includes the names of instruments used in research studies indexed by CINAHL. To search for articles with instrument names, enter the most unique word or phrase in the name.  For example, search: pain in the Instrumentation field.

    Steps and Tips for Searching

    • From the CINAHL Plus main search page, type a word or phrase into the text box, then use the dropdown menu to specify the "IN Instrumentation" field.
    • Click on "Search."
    • The resulting set of documents will all contain the word or phrase searched in the Instrumentation field of each record.

    Medline/Pubmed
    MESH headings for the concept of tests and measurement include: questionnaires, psychological tests, psychometrics outcome, and process assessment (health care). Locating an instrument or test in Pubmed may also be done using important words from the title of a particular instrument.

    ERIC
    Educational Resources Information Clearinghouse - is a complete bibliography of educational materials available since 1966. Indexes published and unpublished sources on thousands of educational topics, with information from from RIE (Resources in Education) and CIJE (Current Index to Journals in Education), and including materials focused on every aspect of educational testing.

    Steps and Tips for Searching

    • From the main search page, type in your search term(s)
    • Notice the "DOCUMENT TYPE" limit toward the middle of the page.
    • To select "Tests/Questionnaires", either click on the link to browse publication types and locate, or type in PT=(160 tests/questionnaires).
    • When you return to the search screen and run a search, the results will be limited only to those which make some use of identifiable tests and/or questionnaires.

    Education Source with ERIC

    Steps and Tips for Searching

    • From the main search page, type in your search terms.
    • Toward the bottom of the screen in the "Special limiters for ERIC" section, there is a menu labeled "PUBLICATION TYPE". 
    • Scroll down and select "Tests/Questionnaires"
    • Click START to run a search; the results will be limited only to those which make some use of identifiable tests and/or questionnaires.

    Dissertations and Theses Global 
    Indexes doctoral dissertations and some masters theses and makes full text available for many of them.  You can find information about specific tests and measure and possibly the instrument itself in this database.

    Librarian Resources

    Have Questions?

    Contact one of the librarians listed here for more in-depth help:

    Jill Conte, Psychology - jill.conte@nyu.edu

    Susan Jacobs, Health Sciences - susan.jacobs@nyu.edu

    Melissa Beuoy, Education - melissa.beuoy@nyu.edu