Finding the actual test instrument can be challenging. NYU Division of Libraries, 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.
Broadly speaking, there are two types of tests and measures:
Must be ordered directly from the publisher. Ordering information can be obtained through publisher catalogs, websites, and in such titles as:
Since test makers and publishers often restrict access to qualified professionals, NYU 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 The library does, however, have a selection of unpublished tests and measures on microfiche from the Educational Testing Service's Tests in Microfiche series.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 on the Print Resources page.
Information about unpublished tests and measures often appears in journal articles or dissertations, which can be located by searching in such databases as:
At other times, in order to obtain a copy of an unpublished instrument, you may need to contact the author/developer directly to request a copy of the test or measure as well as permission to use it.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 and Research, by Corcoran and Fisher (2013), and Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes, by Robinson et al. (1991), which are listed on the Print Resources page.
Additional support can be found on the APA PsycTESTS help website and via PsycTESTS tutorials (YouTube).