Month: August 2015

PsycTESTS Behind Psych Studies

If you’ve ever read a book or journal article that included findings on how workers feel about unions or how involved parents are in their students’ education  – you may have wondered how those measurements were taken.  Often times these findings are the result of a psychological survey or other test. However, test instruments may or may not be included in publications. Wright State University Libraries are proud to provide access for our students, faculty and staff to the American Psychological Association’s PsycTESTS database. PsycTESTS serves as a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a source of structured information about the tests. A wide variety of test types are included in PsycTESTS, including achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and more.

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.
Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

Maybe you need to complete a psychological research study and don’t want to reinvent the wheel? You can use PsychTESTS to get examples of what others have done and assess whether your test instrument is really measuring what you want it to.

Researchers familiar with psychology databases may be familiar with Mental Measurements Yearbook. While Mental Measurements Yearbook can be helpful in finding more mainstream test instruments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality inventory, PsycTESTS specializes in “unpublished” research instruments that are of high quality, but may be underutilized due to a lack of commercial applications. Thousands of FREE unpublished tests can be found using PsycTESTS.

Contact Brian Olesko, Reference and Instruction Librarian, for more information or for help using PsycTESTS, and visit our Psychology Research Guide for more resources.