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Caveats about Finding Tests & Measures:
Obtaining tests and measures can be complicated and their availability varies.
- Published/Commercial tests often charge for their use. Some require users to have specific licenses or credentials to access them. For these type of tests, you may only be able to find test reviews or studies that cite them.
- Unpublished/Noncommercial tests are often more accessible and do not charge for their use. These tests may be located within journal articles, dissertations, books, or ERIC documents.
- Try the tests below to find test and measures, or contact us for assistance locating a test on your topic.
Searching for Tests using APA PsycTESTS
APA PsycTESTS is a fantastic source of tests but it depends on your topic. Try a quick search or two; if you're not finding anything relevant, try searching the education databases and ProQuest Dissertations instead.
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Search for ready-to-use tests and measures relevant to psychology and related fields such as education, communication, medicine, business, and more. Tests are provided (when available) along with reliability and validity data.
Searching for tests using ERIC
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) This link opens in a new window
Leading resource for education journals and ERIC Documents (including research reports and conference papers).
TIP: To search for tests, on the Advanced Search screen, look for the Publication Type menu and choose Tests / Questionnaires.
Searching for tests using Education Source
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An important resource for education journals, with over 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of tests.
TIP: To search for tests, add Educational tests & measurements to your search terms to run a quick search at this general level, or explore the Thesaurus page for “Educational tests & measurements” to find articles about a specific test or type of test.
Searching for Tests using ProQuest Dissertations
Dissertations can be a gold mine for locating sample surveys and instruments, since the dissertation often includes a copy of the test or survey that was used during the dissertation research as an appendix. To locate dissertations, search:
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global This link opens in a new window
Search dissertations and theses from around the world from 1743-present. Includes over 1 million full text dissertations (particularly 1997-present). Dissertations not available online may be requested via interlibrary loan (UP ILLiad
). See the Dissertations
guide for more options for accessing freely available online dissertations.
Tips for ProQuest Dissertations
For a quick overview of the dissertation's topic (and insight into the author's research methods), view the Abstract/Details. Choose Download PDF to see the full dissertation.
Survey instruments are usually included in the appendices at the end of the dissertation.
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