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PSYCHOLOGY: Subject Guide

Research help and resource suggestions for research in psychology.

In This Section

In this section, you'll find:

  • Search tips for finding published and unpublished tests
  • Resources for finding psychological tests and measurements, including

magnifying class iconTIP: Get creative & ask for help

It can be very difficult to find the full text of psychological tests and measures, so you'll need to be creative as you search. Work your way through the strategies and resources outlined below, and be persistent. As always, don't hesitate to contact the library for help!

Search Tips

Start with databases

Start with library databases like PsycTESTS and PsycINFO.

  • Use advanced search features to narrow your results to tests and measures
  • Look for articles that use the test you're interested in--sometimes the test questions or items will be included in the text of the article or as an appendix

Then search online

Sometimes it's possible to find tests freely available through Google, especially tests and measures published by government agencies. REMEMBER: Anyone can post anything online so be careful of altered, unofficial, or incomplete versions of tests. Always use versions posted by the correct authors or publisher.

  1. Start with the official name of the test in Google or any search engine
  2. If that doesn't work, try Google Scholar
  3. If that doesn't work, see if you can find contact information for the author(s) of the test. Try to find the authors' personal or institutional websites by Googling their name(s)
  4. If you can't find the test authors' website(s), visit the website of the company or university where they work. You may be able to find the author's contact information in a faculty directory or on the webpage for their department

*Online search tips adapted from the University of North Dakota's Tests and Measurements Guide

Advice from the APA:

Finding Tests

Databases

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Books

Websites