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Tests & Measures

A guide to finding educational and psychological tests and measures.

Getting started

No database provides free, full-text copies of all tests and measurements.

The person who creates the test decides if, when, and how it will be published. Some publish their tests in books and journal articles. Others have sold the “rights” to their tests to a publishing company, and now the publisher distributes (sells) the test.

Finding test information & reviews of tests

These do NOT provide copies of tests. Instead, they give you basic information such as the test name, purpose, population, scoring system, validity, price, and publisher.

Encyclopedia of Psychological Assessment

Finding tests & test information in Library databases

Sometimes you can find a complete test in these sources, but most times they just provide you with information about the test or a shortened version of the test.

Finding tests in books

Searching in Google

You can limit the type of sites you are searching in Google

  • site:.gov - Searches only federal, state, and local government web sites
  • site:.edu - Searches only educational establishments
  • site:.org - The domain was originally intended for non-profit entities, but this restriction was not enforced and has been removed. The domain is commonly used by schools, open-source projects, and communities, but also by some for-profit entities.

Sample search: (assessment OR evaluation OR intervention OR questionnaire) AND (intimate partner violence OR domestic partner violence) AND site:.gov

Warning: always scrutinize for quality and reliability when searching in Google

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Bernadette Lear, Librarian at Penn State Harrisburg Library, for allowing me to borrow elements of her PSYC 571: Tests and Measures Library Guide and use them in this Library Guide.  And also give credit to the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries’,  Social Work Liaison's Toolkit : Tests and Measures for assistance as well.