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Psychometrics Subject Guide

  1. 1. Psychometrics Subject Guide Introduction – Use this guide to find books, articles, and additional sources for psychometrics information. Your primary emphasis will be on finding tests and measurement resources in psychology, education, allied health and social sciences. [NOTE: Make sure to register your BEAR card, in person, at the library CIRC desk.] Browse the ONLINE CATALOG (both MSU & USMAI):  Keywords/Subjects to search: search for complete psychosocial tests, instruments, rating scales, and measures  Related LC subject headings include – ability testing, behavioral assessment, educational tests and measurements, employment tests, health status indicators, medical care research methodology, neuropsychological tests, nursing research methodology, personality tests, psychiatric rating scales, psychological testing, psychological tests, psychology – research, psychometrics, and testing, scaling (social sciences), social sciences research methodology  Browse/Search by CALL NUMBER the shelves/online catalogs: BF 39-BF 39.2 & BF 176-BF 176.5 PSYCHOLOGY area LB 1762, LB 2366, LB 3051-LB3060 EDUCATION area RA 408.5 & RT 48-RT48.6 HEALTH & NURSING areas Selected Specific Resources:  Handbook of Test Development / LB3051 .H31987 2006  Measures of Social Psychological Attitudes / JA74.5 .R6 1973  Mental Measurements Year Book / REF Z5814.P8 B932 – Holdings from 1949 (3rd ed.) – 2007 (17th ed.) OR available online through Research Port  Tests in Print / LB 3051 .T4 2002 ONLY OR available online through Research Port Library Resources (use your registered BEAR card to log in off campus): LOOK under Research Port  Business Source Complete (EBSCO) In Advanced Searching fill in all the boxes: 1) terms/keywords used and 2) tests or 3) measurements  CINAHL (EBSCO) (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) covers over 1600 professional journals in nursing and allied health; primarily a bibliographic database, CINAHL includes selected original and full-text material. Full-text material is included for selected state nursing journals and some newsletters, standards of practice, practice acts, government publications, research instruments, and patient education material. Abstracts, when available with publisher permission, are included to assist with the evaluation of journal articles. [NOTE: Change database designation to: CINAHL Plus with Full Text]  **Digital Dissertations (ProQuest) an authoritative source for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses [SEE Also: Subsection: Dissertations & Theses @ Morgan State University] Link to for instructions. 1 Psychometrics/J Hock/August 09
  2. 2.  ERIC (EBSCO) “contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 317,000 full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966.”  MEDLINE (EBSCO) uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.  Mental Measurements Yearbook (EBSCO) “provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments … . contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership.”  PsycARTICLES (EBSCO) contains more than 140,000 articles from over 60 journals published by the APA and others; includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present  Psychology + Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO) is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods.  **PsycINFO (EBSCO) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains over 2.6 million citations and summaries dating as far back as the early 1800s. Ninety-eight percent of the covered material is peer- reviewed; Journal coverage, which spans from 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 2,400 periodicals in more than 27 languages. Link to for instructions.  Tests In Print (EBSCO) “serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language … . also guides readers to critical, candid test reviews published in the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) series.” Directories:  Compendium of Assessment and Research Tools (CART) ” is a database that provides information on instruments that measure attributes associated with youth development programs.”  ETS TestLink id=ed462d3631df4010VgnVCM10000022f95190RCRD&vgnextchannel=85af197a484f4010VgnVC M10000022f95190RCRD “The Test Collection at ETS is a database of more than 25,000 tests and other measurement devices most of which were created by authors outside ETS. It makes information on standardized tests and research instruments available to researchers, graduate students and teachers. With information about tests from the early 1900s to the present, the Test Collection at ETS is the largest compilation in the world.”  International Personality Item Pool “Some tests and measurements are available in the "public domain" -- some authors have simply put it "out there" for any and all to use, there are lots of reasons for tests being freely available. … Remember, if you use a test which is in the public domain, you still might need to seek the permission of the author before you use it.”  Medical Outcomes Trust “Descriptions of instruments developed by the Trust, with a short description, price and ordering information. One of their generic health status instruments, SF-36 (and its shorter versions), is the focus of the International Quality of 2 Psychometrics/J Hock/August 09
  3. 3. Life Assessment (IQOLA) Project ( which is validating translations of the instrument for use in multinational studies.”  National Center for Research, Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) “For 40 years, the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation (CSE) and, more recently, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) have been at the forefront of efforts to improve the quality of education and learning in America.” “Spanning both K-12 and adult learning, the center also conducts a substantial number of major program evaluations, develops research-based assessments, uses technology as an effective assessment tool, and helps schools and districts respond to the many accountability demands of the No Child Left Behind Act.”  PROQOLID “The Patient-Reported Outcome and Quality of Life Instruments Database is an online searchable database of Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) and Quality of Life (QOL) instruments. Search by title, pathology/disease, targeted population, and author. Free access gives basic information about instruments; paid access offers a more complete description and additional information.”  RAND HEALTH “All of the surveys and tools from RAND Health are public documents, available without charge (for non-commercial use). Some materials listed are not available from RAND Health. Those links will take you to other websites, where you will find instructions for use.”  Self Report Instruments “links to instruments from University of Miami Psychology Department; includes the Spanish translations of some instruments.”  Substance Use Screening & Assessment Instruments Database ( "This database is intended to help clinicians and researchers find instruments used for screening and assessment of substance use and substance use disorders."  Test Review Locator ( indexes critiques found in the following sources: Tests in Print, Test Critiques, and Mental Measurements Yearbook. “Free information on nearly 4,000 commercially available tests. Over 2,500 of these tests have been critically reviewed … . Reviews may be purchased for $15 per title.”  Tests and Measurements in the Social Sciences “handy website from the University of Texas, Arlington, lists all the tests and measures available in 116 compilation volumes (and counting). As of this writing this includes 10,800 measures. Among the volumes included are 1263 measures of the Tests in Microfiche series by ETS.” [NOTE: available at several locations in the DC area; check WorldCat in Research Port for specifics] Websites:  APA (American Psychological Association), Testing and Assessment  Buros Institute of Mental Measurements, Buros Center for Testing  ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation 3 Psychometrics/J Hock/August 09
  4. 4. Helpful Links:  Check out Google Book Search and Google Scholar for “reviewing the literature.”  Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures – available at USMAI libraries, library use only  Encyclopedia of Psychology, Environmental Behavior Relationships, Measurement has some of the best links to tests and measurements including Dr. Mark Parkinson - Psychometrics  Finding Measurement Tools (HealthLinks, Univ. of Washington) – tutorial  Finding Tests and Measurements / Rutgers University Libraries  Suggested Journal Titles: Check RESEARCH PORT, JOURNALS to locate electronic sources and link to ONLINE CATALOG (i.e. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment) American Educator Applied measurement in education Educational and Psychological Measurement Intelligence Journal of Educational Measurement Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment Measurement Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation Psychological Assessment Studies in Educational Evaluation  Tests and Measurements (Univ. of Virginia Libraries) scroll down under “Test Information” for some helpful hints on searching for tests in Google, in our database for dissertations, Digital Dissertations (ProQuest), and generally searching in databases. Evaluating Web Pages:  Five Criteria for Evaluating Web pages / Cornell Univ. -  Evaluating web sites / UMCP -  **Evaluating Scorecard Checklist Citing in APA:  MSU APA Style Sheet – additional copies currently available at the Information Desk  APA Formatting & Style Guide / The Owl at Purdue -  APA Style -  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Ref Desk BF76.7.P83 2010  Concise Rules of APA Style (6th ed.) – Ref Desk BF 76.7 .C66 2010 4 Psychometrics/J Hock/August 09
  5. 5. Plagiarism:  How not to plagiarize / Univ. of Toronto -  Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It / Indiana Univ. -  You Quote It, You Note It / Acadia University tutorial Misc. Tips Pages:  The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing / Michael Harvey -  Guide to Grammar & Writing - 5 Psychometrics/J Hock/August 09