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Psychological Testing

All those library resources that will help you find what you need

Tools for Finding Test Information

Reference Books

Library Databases

Library Catalog

Internet Sites

Reference Books

  • Mental Measurement Yearbook (MMY)

    Ref. BF176 .B87x

  • Tests in Print (V, VI, VII)

    Ref. BF176 .T47

  • Tests

    Ref. BF176 .T43 2003

  • Test Critiques

    Ref. BF176 .T419 1984 (v. 1-10)


  • Tests listed alphabetically

  • Includes intended population, acronyms, publisher, publication dates, forms and prices, timing, administration, and test author

  • Lists reliability, validity, norming data, scoring and reporting services

  • Most entries include reviews of the test and testing materials

  • Available online and in print.


  • To determine if a particular test exists

  • To determine the structure of a test

  • To determine if a test has been published and is available

  • To find summaries and excerpts of reviews of a test

Use Tests in Print as an index to previously published MMYs

MMY is cumulative

Tests in Print

  • Tests listed alphabetically

  • Bibliographic encyclopedia of information on every published and commercially available test in psychology and achievement

Tests in Print (cont.)

  • Entry includes purpose, population, publication date, acronym, author, publisher, scores, timing, foreign adaptations and references

  • DOES NOT INCLUDE critical reviews or psychometric information

  • Available online and in print

USE Tests in Print

  • To determine availability of a test and then use MMY for critical reviews

Sample from Miami University Libraries in Oxford, Ohio – Educational and School Psychology


  • Bibliographic encyclopedia containing information on testing instruments in psychology, education, and business

  • Includes purpose, description of test, author, intended population, major features, administration time, scoring method, cost and availability, and primary publisher

  • DOES NOT INCLUDE critiques or psychometric information

  • Available only in print.

USE Tests

  • To find description of test and then use Test Critiques for critical reviews

Test Critiques

  • Tests listed alphabetically

  • Includes psychometric information such as reliability, validity, and norm development

  • Entry for test includes introduction, practical applications and uses, technical aspects and critiques

  • Technical terms explained

  • Use the Index of Test Titles located in the back of the latest volume to find which volume contains your test

  • Available only in print.

Library Databases(found on library website under Articles/Databases)

  • PsycINFO/PsycArticles

  • HaPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments) (4 simultaneous users)

  • ERIC

  • SocIndex

  • Medline

  • MMY (4 simultaneous users)

  • Tests in Print (4 simultaneous users)


  • Available through EbscoHost

  • Can find studies concerning the validity or reliability of a given test

  • Find reviews of tests in journals

  • Find articles that have a survey or test appended to the article

  • Some full-text

  • Make sure to limit to Peer Reviewed Journals!


  • Indexes measures created or modified for specific studies that appear in journals or books

  • Contains over 15,000 instruments

  • Reliability and validity can be used as keywords to access instruments with tested psychometric properties

  • Only 4 simultaneous users

  • Not full-text


  • Available through EbscoHost

  • Similar to PsycINFO

  • Indexes educational literature

  • Some full-text

  • Make sure to limit search to “Journal Articles”


  • Available through EbscoHost

  • Covers the 9th ed. – present

  • Can search by acronym using either the index or the drop-down menu

  • Only 4 simultaneous users

  • Full-text

Library Catalog

  • Use the Subject Tab and type either psychological tests or psychological testing

  • Use Boolean Keyword and “psychological testing”

  • Use Boolean Keyword and “testing” and the particular psychological topic, trait, etc. (ex. Testing and personality)

  • Use Boolean Keyword and your test name as a phrase “Wechsler Memory Scale”

Internet Resources

  • APA –FAQ in Psychological Tests

    BUROS Institute of Mental Measurements-Test Reviews Online

How to cite the MMY

  • The next two slides contain parts of a handout developed by:

    Keith StangerEastern Michigan University [email protected]:// 26, 2005 (used by permission)

Citing the print MMY

  • Entire test description:

  • Brown Attention-Deficit Disorder Scales. (2001). In B. S. Plake & J. C. Impara (Eds.), The fourteenth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 183-190). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Citing the print MMY

  • Individual test review:

  • Kaufman, N.L., & Kaufman, A.S. (2001). [Review of the test Brown Attention-Deficit Disorder Scales]. In B. S. Plake & J. C. Impara (Eds.), The fourteenth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 183-187). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Citing the online MMY

  • Entire test description:

  • Hathaway, S., McKinley, J., & Butcher, J. (1942, 1942-1990). Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2. Retrieved from Mental Measurements Yearbook database.

Citing the online MMY

  • Individual test review:

  • Kaufman, N.L., & Kaufman, A.S. (2001). Review of the test Brown Attention-Deficit Disorder Scales. In The fourteenth mental measurements yearbook.  Retrieved from Mental Measurements Yearbook database.

APA Style Guide to Electronic Resources

  • Retrieval date: No date necessary for content unlikely to change or to be updated (i.e. published journal articles)

  • Name and location of source: Use a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if available

DOI – Digital Object Indentifier

  • Not every article will have a DOI

  • IF a DOI is present, you don’t need to cite the database name.

  • The DOI is unique to each article.

  • Easiest to copy and paste a DOI in a citation than to try and type it.


  • Sellbom, M., Fischler, G., & Ben-Porath, Y. (2007). Identifying MMPI-2 Predictors of police officer integrity and misconduct. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34(8), 985-1004. doi: 10.1177/0093854807301224

How to cite an online source within your paper

  • The information on the following slide was retrieved from the APA website:

    Electronic References: Citations in Text of Electronic Material

How to cite an online source within your paper

  • For electronic sources that do not provide page numbers, use the paragraph number, if available, preceded by the paragraph symbol or the abbreviation para. If neither paragraph nor page numbers are visible, cite the heading and the number of the paragraph following it to direct the reader to the location of the material (see section 3.39).

  • (Myers, 2000, ¶ 5)(Beutler, 2000, Conclusion section, para. 1)

Other helpful websites on citing sources


    “Using Principles of APA Style to Cite and Document Sources”

    “APA Reference Style Guide” developed and maintained by Mike Strahan.

For further help

  • Contact me by phone x3850 or by email [email protected]

  • Contact the Reference Desk by phone x3910, by email Ask a Librarian link on home page or IM MessiahLibrarian

  • Or just come to the library

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