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Psychological, Health, and Educational Tests

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

Finding Tests

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.

Databases Devoted to Tests & Measures

PsycNET (with PsycINFO)

Steps and Tips for Searching PsycNET

  • Enter PsycNET. On the landing page, expand "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 (YouTube). Or, check out APA's PscyTESTS Help handout or their Field Guide.

Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) 

Steps and Tips for Searching Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI)

  • 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; materials available through this method will contain a note within the abstract.

Mental Measurements Yearbook 

Steps and Tips for Searching Mental Measurements Yearbook

  • 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. 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.

Additional Databases

Literature Databases with Info about Tests & Measures

Education Source with ERIC

Steps and Tips for Searching Education Source with ERIC

  • 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.

PsycNET (with PsycINFO) 

Steps and Tips for Searching PsycNET (with PsycINFO)

  • 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 

Steps and Tips for Searching PsycINFO via Ovid 

  • 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 Complete 

Steps and Tips for Searching CINAHL Complete 

  • 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 via PubMed 

ERIC 

Steps and Tips for Searching ERIC

  • 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.

Dissertations & Theses Global 

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 "GetIt@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.