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PSYC 571: Tests and Measurements (Harrisburg)

Links to databases and other resources for finding psychological testing instruments. Also provides explanations, search tips, and other "words to the wise" for locating and using tests.


If you have a citation that only tells you where and when a test was published, the most efficient method for obtaining the test will depend on whether it was published within a journal article, a book, or in some other way. Below are the steps for each type of publication. 

Getting Copies of Tests that are Published in Journal Articles

If your test was published in a journal article, there are several options for finding it:

  1. Try Citation Linker to see if Penn State has an online copy. Carefully type in the article title, journal title, and other information 
  2. If that doesn't work:
    • Try the E-Journal list to see if Penn State subscribes to an online version of the journal. Carefully type in the name of the whole entire journal (such as the "Journal of Clinical Psychology")
    • Try Google Scholar
    • Use iLLiad (Interlibrary Loan) to request journals articles that are not available online  

Getting Copies of Tests that are Published in Books

If your test was published in a book, there are several options for finding it:

  1. Try to find a free preview of the book in Google Book Search
  2. If that doesn't work:
    • Try the library catalog to see if Penn State owns the book
      • Click on "I WANT IT" to request books from other campuses
    • If Penn State doesn't own the book, try WorldCat to see if any other libraries have it
      • Click on "Request Item via ILL" to request books from other libraries

Getting Copies of Tests Available Online

Some tests, especially ones that are created/used by government agencies or universities, can be found with Google or other search engines. 

CAUTION: Anyone can post something on a website, so there are many unofficial, altered, and incomplete tests online. For professional and research purposes, you should use versions posted by the correct authors and publishers.  Here are some tips for finding them:

  1. First, try the official name of the test
  2. If that doesn't work, try Google Scholar to locate “scholarly” papers, articles, and web sites
  3. If that doesn't work, try to find the author's personal or institutional web site by Googling her/his name
  4. If you can't find the test author's web site, visit the web site of the company or university where they work. You may be able to find the author's contact information in a “directory,” list of employees or faculty, or on the web page for their department

Contacting Test Authors and Publishers

If you aren't able to obtain a test by other means, you can sometimes get it directly from the author or publisher. 

To find the test author's "institutional affiliation":

  • In a book: look for the author’s institution or e-mail address within the text pertaining to the test; in a "contributors" section at the front or back of the book; or in biographical information on the cover, back side, or first few pages of the book
  • In a journal article: look for contact information within a note on the first or last page of the article
  • When contact information isn't available or is outdated, use Google or another search engine to locate the author

An alternative is to contact the publisher. Here are some of the largest test publishers in the U.S.: