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Tests and Measures: Selecting a Test

This guide lists the major sources for identifying and getting your hands on educational, psychological, or behavioral measures. It does not address medical diagnostic or physical tests. Sources are listed by convenience of use.

Finding an Instrument that Measures x, y or z: Database options

Finding an Instrument: Reference book options

Search the literature from relevant fields  (Dissertations and Theses, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, ERIC, etc.) to find what instruments other researchers have used.


Consult books about tests in specialized areas.  Here are some titles along with suggested library catalog searches.  Also take a look at the books listed under the "Samples of Questions" tab.

Encyclopedia of Psychological Assessment [print, click to see all library locations]  Thomas Cooper Library Reference Department BF 39.E497

Directory of Psychological Tests in the Sport and Exercise Sciences [print, click to see catalog record] Thomas Cooper Library Reference Department GV706.4 D57

Handbook of Multicultural Measures  [click to link to online book from the catalog)

Finding an Instrument: Search the library catalog

Articles with Instruments