Psychological and Educational Tests and Measurements A Finding Guide for OSU Library Faculty Dan Chaney Humanities and Social Sciences Division Why Tests & Measurements?
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A Finding Guide for OSU Library Faculty
Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Upper level students (largely psychology and counseling psychology) are occasionally asked to locate tests and measurements.
Graduate students beginning to think about a dissertation might begin to explore tests already available before designing their own measures.
Sometimes for an assignment. Sometimes a professor they work with needs the test/measurement.
Tests and measurements are survey tools designed to measure or gauge some quality, habit, trend or need.
(This is not an comprehensive list)
The Major Sources:Mental Measurements Yearbookand Tests in Print
Before we talk about anything else, we need to know the two major sources!
The Second String Players:Test CritiquesandTests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education, and Business
So, How Do These Two Things Help Me?
Always wise to see if the measurement is currently in print, so you can target where to look next.
for the 9th through current edition (14th).
If you are not able to find it in any of the books listed above, you may want to search a database. Occasionally you may find an article that used the measure or tells you who published the test, etc. On rare occasions, you may find a copy of the measurement appended to the research article itself, if the author of the article developed the measurement. Finally, you may want to run a search of the Internet with the measurement title as your keywords. More and more often we can find publishers of tests and measurements online.
Note: tests and measurements are not frequently offered for free on the Internet, however, we can use the Internet for contact information.
If the researcher doesn’t have a specific test in mind, if they want to see what’s available, or if they want to design their own, you can use the OPAC to identify titles that may be of interest. Some Library of Congress Subject Headings include (but are not limited to):
college entrance achievement tests--
educational tests and measurements--
examinations--design and construction--
multiple choice tests--
scale analysis (psychology)--
The top 10 tests ranked by reference frequencies in TIP:
FAQ/Finding Information About Psychological Tests