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Tests and Measurements: Test FAQ

This resource guide contains a variety of sources that you will want to consult when searching for information on tests and measurements.

Frequently Asked Questions for Finding Tests and Measures

Who can have access to the test collection?

Access to the test collection is limited to licensed faculty and graduate students under direct faculty supervision due to the ethical and legal requirements stated by test publishers. It is essential that the use of the test collection be limited to these constituents in order to maintain the validity of the tests. The collection is maintained in locked files.

In order to access a test, you will need to look up the test title in the Library Catalog. Next you will need to fill out the test request form. You will be notified once the test is ready for you to pick up at the Library's Service Desk. As always, authorized users must present a valid VU ID card for check-out.

How do I know if the library owns a particular title?

Peabody Library owns 387 circulating tests, all of which can be located through Vanderbilt Libraries' online catalog, Library Catalog . The most efficient way to find tests aside from doing a title search is to use the Advanced Keyword Search in Library Catalog.

Helpful Tips for Advanced Searching:

Build a search with keywords such as "Toddler" and "Development."

Limit the Format to "Kit" once the initial search is run.



 How do I determine which test to use?

You can use the following databases to find test reviews and information such as purpose, population, scoring, etc. to determine a test that will meet your needs.  Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print, HaPI: Health & Psychosocial Instruments, PsycINFO, Test & Measures in the Social Sciences 


 Where can I locate test reviews?

 You can locate test reviews via the following databases:

  •  Mental Measurements Yearbook Online

         The database features essay length reviews of published tests only.

  • Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

        This database contains citations to journal articles that discuss unpublished tests.

  • PsycInfo

        This psychology database provides citations to journal articles that discuss published and unpublished tests.


Print resources for locating test reviews:

  •  Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMYB)

         The aim of the Mental Measurement Yearbook (MMYB) is to provide critical evaluations of published tests.

  • Test Critiques

         Reviews and critiques the most frequently used published tests in the areas of psychology, education and business.


How do I find tests in journal articles?

 In rare cases, authors of a journal article will discuss a test or measure that they have either used or created in their article. The authors should include the scale in the appendix of their article.

 Use PsycInfo to find articles that included appended tests. You would place your subject in one of the search boxes and select it as a “descriptor”, and then put the words “append*” in the second search box and select it as a “keyword”. Make sure to put an * (asterisk) at the root of the word. The * (asterisk) tells the database to look for the word "append", "appended" and "appendix" in the citations.


 Is the Web a good place to find test information?

Using the Internet to find information on tests is not recommended.

  The reasons why Web use is discouraged is because:

  • Anyone can publish information on the Internet
  • The author of the test information may not be qualified to create or evaluate a test
  • Copies of tests that are found via the Web usually are violating professional ethics and copyright regulations

 Are dissertations useful for finding tests?

Dissertations can be a rich source for finding test information because doctoral students often implement and create instruments for their own research. You can use the Digital Dissertations database to search for tests that may be contained in the appendixes of dissertations. When searching Digital Dissertations, you can use the combination of tests, measure, or instrument along with you subject inquiry. Then check the abstracts of the citations to see if a test or measurement is mentioned.

 Here is an example search:

 Young adults AND suicide AND test or measure