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Psychology Research Guide


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Borrowing From Other Libraries

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use CSU+ Resource Sharing (a service integrated into OneSearch) for ordering books and media held at other CSUs as well as borrow books found using MOBAC regional catalogs or WorldCat.

Tests & Measures

Locating tests and measures by topic

There are many tests available depending on what you want to find out about a person or people.

For example, if you are looking for a diagnostic test to see if someone is depressed, there are a large number of instruments from which to choose. Some of these are the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Adolescents and Adults(MDI), the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children (MDI-C), the North American Depression Inventories (NADI), the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS), etc.

The following books in our reference collection provide information about various tests and measures:

Mental Measurements Yearbook. Ref BF176.46 (multiple volumes)
Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education, and Business. Ref BF176.T43
Test Critiques. Ref BF176.T418 (multiple volumes)

Searching PsycInfo for tests

On the Advanced Search screen in PsycInfo is a field that allows for searching for tests & measures by keyword(s).

In the detailed result for a record (below the abstract) are a number of fields. One of these is the Test & Measure field, where all tests/measures/instruments used are listed.

Finding test critiques

Because there are so many tests to choose from, it is important that you be able to read reviews. The books below are a part of our collection:

Mental Measurements Yearbook. Ref BF176.46 (multiple volumes)
Test Critiques. Ref BF176.T418 (multiple volumes
PsycInfo - for articles, try some of these keywords in combination with test names: statistical, measure, interpretation, reliability, validity.

Finding actual measurements

Tests themselves are often not available on the web for a number of reasons.

Reliability - If many people have access to the tests and see the questions, the test may become less reliable for clinicians over time.
Copyright - The test itself is the intellectual property of the test creator and/or publisher.
Credentials - Often "legitimate" tests need to be given by clinicians or professionals credentialed in giving a test. Also, if you give a test as a part of your education, you need to seek permission to perform any type of human subjects research.

The quickest way to find out where to purchase is by looking in one of our reference books called Tests in Print (Ref BF176.B96) or by searching the web for the publisher website.