Tests & Measures: Welcome

Best Bets for Starting Your Research in Tests and Measures.


Tests and Measures are standardized instruments, including questionnaires, inventories and scales that are used to evaluate populations, individuals or processes. This guide will show you how to search for articles, tests, test reviews, descriptions and reproductions both online and in print.

What Do I Search For?

To get the best search results for your assignment, you need to consider the following questions:

  • What type of resources do I need?
    • Do I need test reviews, the actual instrument or both?
    • Am I looking for a specific test, or for tests on a certain subject?
    • Do I need research studies that have used specific tests?
  • Where should I look?
    • What database or other resources will have what I need?
    • Am I looking for a test that has been commercially published?
    • Is the test in print?
  • What do I need the resources for?
    • Will I need to use the tests on subjects? What permissions do I need to get?

Why Can't I Get the Actual Test?

The library offers print resources, databases, and links to online materials to help you locate these Tests & Measures materials.

However, it is often difficult to find the actual testing instruments because of some or all of the following reasons:

  • Many products are commercially created copyrighted material, requiring a fee for use.
  • Credentials may be required to administer the test.
  • Overexposure could familiarize test-takers with the material and make it less useful.

What are the Responsibilities of Test Users?

Anyone administering a test has several ethical responsibilities.