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Tests and Measurements Resource Guide

 

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Educational and psychological testing - the use of standardized, published tests and non-standardized tests to measure or assess particular individual characteristics or assess academic or clinical issues - is a very important part of education and psychology, as well as other fields. The Ward E.Barnes Library maintains an extensive collection of tests: Ward Barnes Test Collection.

Test Collection Access Policy:

Restricted Access to Standardized, Commercially Available Tests.
Access to one of these tests is restricted to UMSL faculty and/or UMSL students (who have had their names submitted by an UMSL professor to complete required course work). Due to publisher restrictions, these instruments cannot be photocopied or used to administer the test. Other restrictions may apply. A valid UMSL ID is required for checkout.

Guidelines on test use, protection of materials, and other issues can be found in the "Statement on the Use of Secure Psychological Tests in the Education of Graduate and Undergraduate Psychology Students" from the American Psychological Association. Safety of the materials, copyright law, and the preservation of technical data (norms, validity, reliability) are the major reasons behind these substantial limitations.

The ETS Tests in Microfiche (TIM)

UMSL faculty, students and others may make copies of a TIM test for research purposes. Permission from the author is required to use the test for any other purpose than research and/or to change, alter, or publish a test item (including adding an online link to a test item or test). Refer to the ETS "Frequently Asked Questions About Test Link and Tests in Microfiche" for additional information. A valid UMSL ID, driver's license, or other official government photo ID is required, which will be held at the Barnes Library Circulation Desk.

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Tips for searching in an UMSL Library Database:
KEYWORD Search:
  • Possible keyword search terms include: test*, evaluation*, assessment*, Likert, scale*, questionnaire*, survey*, etc.
  • When you know the test name enter it as a Keyword - Myers Briggs
  • Tests with multiple editions- Ex.: DIAL, DIAL-R, DIAL-3
    Remember the edition when searching for test reviews, critiques, and articles.

General Search Strategies:

  • Focus search results: Combine unlike search terms with AND to narrow search results. Each article retrieved should contain all major concepts.
    Myers Briggs and leader* and predict*
  • Use the truncation or wildcard symbol (*) to search variant word endings:
    test* = test, tests, tested, testing
  • You may want toLIMIT your search results by :
    • Dates - Ex. 2000-2011
    • Age Level or Education Level
    • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
    • In the PsycINFO database - limit to ENGLISH
  • DO NOT LIMIT your search to Full-text in any UMSL database - Use ARTICLE LINKER to obtain full text when it is available

 

Databases

PsycINFO

A major source for articles on tests and testing in the areas of psychology, psychiatry, counseling, and education.

ERIC

Along with PsycINFO, ERIC is a premier resource for journal and research literature on tests and testing in the areas of Education and Counseling.

Mental Measurements Yearbook

Buros Institute of Mental Measures
The MMY provides information for evaluating standardized tests. A test will be reevaluated when a new edition is published.

Tests in Print

TIP is an index of all commercially produced English language test. Use TIP to find publisher information: test purpose, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s).

HAPI

Health and Psychological Instruments (HAPI) is designed to provide citations to checklists, scales, and assessment instruments used primarily in the health science fields. However, there is considerable overlap into the areas of both psychology and education. Journal citations given are usually for articles where the instrument was used or described in research.

CINAHL

CINAHL is the definitive reference tool covering the English language journal literature for nursing and allied health disciplines. Tests and evaluation instruments can be searched, and in some cases are provided in the particular article.

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Find Books
Reference Books:
Adapting educational and psychological tests for cross-cultural assessment
UMSL BARNES Ref
LB3060.65 .A33 2005
Assessment of Family Violence: a Handbook for Researchers and Practioners
UMSL BARNES Ref
HV6626 .F45 2003
Classroom Assessment: issues and practices
UMSL BARNES Ref
LB3051 .L545 2005
A Counselor's Guide to Career Assessment Instruments
UMSL BARNES Ref Desk
HF5381.7 .C68 2002
Educational Measurement
UMSL BARNES Ref
LB3051 .E266 1989
Essentials of Assessment with Brief Intelligence Tests
UMSL BARNES Ref
BF 431 .H573 2007
Handbook of Family Measurement Techniques v.1-3
UMSL BARNES Ref Desk
HQ728 .H267 2001
Handbook of Psychiatric Measures
UMSL BARNES Ref Desk
RC473.P78 A46 2000
Handbook of Psychological Testing
UMSL BARNES Ref
BF176 .K575 2000
Handbook of test development
UMSL BARNES Ref
LB3051 .H3 2006
Measures for Clinical Practice: a Sourcebook
v.1: Couples, Families, and Children
v.2: Adults
UMSL BARNES Ref Desk
BF176 .C66 2000
Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing
AERA, APA, NCME
UMSL BARNES Ref Desk
LB3051 .A693 1999

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Test Reviews and Finding Aids
Barnes Library Test Collection
Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures
1(1974)-9(2008)
Index to Unpublished Tests
UMSL BARNES Ref Desk
BF431 .G625
ETS Test Collection Catalog
v.1-6 (1986), v.1-2 (1993)
UMSL BARNES Ref Desk
LB3051 .E79
Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
Standardized Test Reviews
Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education and Business, 5th edition UMSL BARNES Ref Desk
BF176 .T43 2003
Test Critiques
v.1 (1984) - v.11 (2005)
Standardized Test Reviews
UMSL BARNES Ref Desk
BF176 .T419
Tests in Print (Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print):
Index to commercially produced tests in the English Language.

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Websites

American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA website provides information relating to the use of the tests in psychology and education, along with important policy statements, FAQs, and links to other test and measurement websites.

Association of Test Publishers (ATP)
The ATP is the largest association representing the interests of publishers of standardized tests. Much of the information is restricted to members, but you can find some good resources available to the public. The site includes links to organizations, news and published papers, information on public policy and copyright FAQs.

National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)
The NCME is a professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement. At this website, you can find publications information, related internet links, and news about the NCME.

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New: June, 2011