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Psychological, Health, and Educational Tests: Finding a Full Test

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

About this Page

Finding the actual test instrument can be challenging. Bobst Library, like most libraries, does not systematically collect tests due to access restrictions required by the test publishers. However, the information on this page gives you an idea of strategies you can use to find tests in collections, databases, and journal articles.

APA's PsycTESTS database

PsycTESTS serves as an online repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures. It also serves as a source of structured information (including descriptive summaries and relevant citations) about tests of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields.

Enter PsycNET and de-select all Databases except PsycTESTS to search the tests subset.  

Test Sources

Broadly speaking, there are two types of tests and measures:

  • Published ones, which are available from commercial publishers who charge a fee and often allow access only to qualified professionals; and
  • Unpublished ones, which are developed and/or used by researchers but are not sold through a publisher.

Published tests and measures must be ordered directly from the publisher. Ordering information can be obtained through publisher catalogs, Web pages, and in Mental Measurements Yearbook, Tests, and Tests in Print. Since test makers and publishers often restrict access to qualified professionals, Bobst Library does not collect published test and measures on a systematic basis. The library does, however, have a selection of unpublished tests and measures on microfiche from the Educational Testing Service's Tests in Microfiche series. Annotated indexes to these tests are available in the 1st floor Reference area and are listed in the tab above, Print Resources.

Information about unpublished tests and measures often appears in journal articles or dissertations, which can be located by searching in such databases as PsycINFO (psychology), CINAHL (health), and ERIC (education). Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) is a database that provides brief information about unpublished tests and measures, including citations to articles that report on use and psychometrics of an instrument and sometimes contain the original instrument within the article itself. See the Databases section for more information about using these databases to find actual tests and measures.

At other times, in order to obtain a copy of an unpublished instrument, you may need to contact the author/developer directly to request a copy of the test or measure as well as permission to use it. Researchers are usually willing to oblige.

Furthermore, actual instruments (usually brief) can sometimes be found in various books about tests and measures. Two of the most notable in Bobst Library are Measures for Clinical Practice, by Corcoran and Fisher, and Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes, by Robinson et al., which are listed in the tab above, Print Resources.

 

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