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Q: How do I find copies of psychology or education tests, surveys, or testing instruments?

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If you know the name of the test you want to find you might start by looking up information in these resources.  If you don't know which test you'd like to use, you can also find some basic information about available tests from these sources:

The Libraries have a Research Guide specifically for Instruments, Measures, and Tests with specific information for those in Education, Health Sciences, and Psychology.  To locate the link, go to library's homepage, click on Research Guides tab, scroll down the page to find "Advanced Research" (located on the lower right of the page), and select Instruments, Measures, and Tests in the list.


1.  Measures for Clinical Practice and Research, 4th edition, 2 volumes, by Joel Fisher and Kevin Corcoran (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).  Two sets in the General Collection in the Sturgis Library on the second floor. Call number: BF176.C66 2007.  The 3rd edition of this set is available in the Reference section, third floor of the library. at Call number BF176.C66 2000.  (These books provide questions for many tests found in scholarly journal articles.  It typically DOES NOT have questions for popular commercial tests such as Myers-Briggs.)

2. Mental Measurements Yearbook. Reference section, third floor of the library.  Call number: Z5814.P8.B983 2007.  Past volumes cover 1938, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1959, 1965, 1972, 1978, 1985, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2005. The libraries also have online access for the series.

3.  Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education and Business, 6th edition, by Taddy Maddox (Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, 2006). Reference section, third floor of the library. Call number: Z5814.T43 2006. Past volumes cover 1983, 1991, 1997 and 2003.

4. Tests in Print (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska at Lincoln Press, 2006). Reference section, third floor of the Library.  Call number: Z5814.E9.T47 volumes 1-3, 5-7.


If you need to find a copy of the entire test and the resources above do not help you can try to find out where the test might be published from one of these directories:

1.  Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences.  This is a free website from the University of Texas at Arlington that lists over 12,000 tests published in more than 120 books. You can try to find these books in the KSU Catalog or in the Universal Catalog for the University System of Georgia Libraries.

2. Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures, 9 volumes, by the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC: APA, 1974-present).  Reference Section, third floor of the library. Call number: BF431.D48. After you find the citation for a test you are looking for you can see if we subscribe to the publication.  Use the Journal Holdings tab on the library homepage. Here you can search by journal title.

If none of these sources work you can try searching for test questions in the database PsychINFO. You can find it from the library homepage under the Databases by Title link, then find it in alphabetical order under P. Use the Advanced Search feature and limit your search to "Tests and Measures" to get more accurate results.

You can also try to find copies of tests on the Internet by using Google or Google Scholar. Use the test name, test publisher or test author as search terms.


Warning:  Many commercial tests cannot be found for free on the Internet.  Companies make money by selling copies of testing instruments, therefore they do not give away copies for free. Even if you obtain a copy of a test that has been published you should always ask the author for permission to use the testing instrument in your research.  Many tests, especially in psychology, can only be purchased, administered and interpreted by a licensed and certified professional. Students and faculty must get permission from Kennesaw State University Institutional Review Board before conducting any research involving human subjects. Always consult with your professor before using any testing instrument and before undertaking your research project.

Much of the information in this answer was taken from the website created by Bernadette A. Lear at the Penn State Harrisburg Library. Detailed information can be found at: http://www.personal.psu.edu/bal19/finding_tests.htm

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For more help, email the Research and Instructional Services department, or call or visit one of our Research Help Desks:

Sturgis Library at Kennesaw: Ground Floor, Room G-16, 470-578-6325
Johnson Library at Marietta: First Floor, Room C-125, 470-578-7471

 

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