Bailey Library, Slippery Rock University
How to LOCATE
INFORMATION ABOUT Tests, Measures, Surveys, Inventories, Questionnaires, and
other Assessment Instruments for Research
How to OBTAIN
COPIES OF Tests, Measures, Surveys, Inventories, Questionnaires, and other
Assessment Instruments for Research
The following print and online resources provide reviews
of assessment instruments and in many cases provide valuable validity and
reliability information. These resources do NOT provide copies of
the actual instruments. To obtain a copy
of an instrument...
- Try searching under the abbreviations, popular names,
and complete official names of assessment
Myer-Briggs, or Myer-Briggs Type Indicator.
- Journal articles about assessment instruments sometimes
contain the instrument. Try using a keyword search like "survey and
appended" or "questionnaire and appended", etc.
"Appended" is the magic word in a keyword search. In the
ERIC and CINAHL databases, you can use a
special limiter under Publication Type for assessments.
- The bibliographies of journal articles about assessment
instruments may contain helpful references.
- Theses and dissertations may include the assessment
instruments used in the research.
How to Obtain a Copy...
- Contact information is usually supplied by resources such as
Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print.
- Some test vendors offer discounts for graduate students and
- Searching an author's affiliated institution may provide contact
- Publishers websites may include important background information
and training materials.
Users of unpublished tests have certain
ethical responsibilities to: (a) contact the test author and request permission
to use their test and (b) secure their permission in writing if the material is
copyrighted. No matter how difficult this process may seem, you should make
every effort to contact an author or copyright holder to secure permission
before using any test or other instrument. In many cases, you may need to
consult your local Institution Review Board prior to administration of a test.
At Slippery Rock
University, the IRB Committee provides information at: http://www.sru.edu/pages/2014.asp.
Find additional useful information at Tests
and Measures: Obtaining for Academic Purposes by Helen Hough,
University of Texas/Arlington.
Chen-Gaffey, Melba Tomeo, November
2005, rev. March 2006
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