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Tests & Measures




Tests and Measures are standardized instruments, including questionnaires, inventories and scales that are used to evaluate populations, individuals or processes.

For a comprehensive overview of testing and assessment, please refer to the APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology. For guidance on testing in the United States and other countries, consult Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (a joint product of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)).

You may want to consult the FAQ: Finding Information About Psychological Tests by the APA prior to using our guide.

Our 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?

Finding the Actual Test

The library offers print resources, databases, and links to online materials to help you locate these tests & measures

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.

Responsibilities of Test Users

Anyone administering a test has several ethical responsibilities.

Finding Articles and/or Tests

Selected Databases

Use library databases to find articles about tests and measures, and/or tests on your topic.

These databases are the best places to start:

Test Reviews, Reproductions, & Descriptions

Test Reviews

The following materials provide access to test reviews in online and print formats.

Test Reproductions

The following print and online materials provide access to test reproductions.

Test Descriptions

The following print and online materials provide access to test descriptions.

For even more resources, visit ASU Library's Tests and Psychological Measures guide.

Finding Additional Books & Media

Library Catalog

Advanced Search |  Recently Added Books & Media

Suggested search terms

Search the Library Catalog

The following Library of Congress Subject Headings will guide you to many books about tests and measures.

While some books will only have information about the test, some will contain the actual test. You can also do a search by the name of a specific test.

Tests for certain characteristics/situations  Tests for specific populations
psychological tests minorities -- psychological testing
testing Hispanic Americans -- psychological testing
substance abuse detection family assessment 
intelligence tests family -- testing
psychometrics psychotherapy patients -- psychological testing
personality tests handicapped youth -- psychological testing
personality assessments aged -- psychological testing
anxiety -- testing problem youth -- psychological testing 
attitude (psychology) -- testing child development -- testing
reading -- ability testing behavioral assessment of teenagers
love -- testing behavioral assessment of children
ability -- testing  

aggressiveness (psychology) -- testing

aptitude tests  
stress (psychology) -- testing  


Citing Your Sources

Citing Your Sources

The links below point to brief informational guides for creating accurate citations. For more complete information, consult the original books at the library (see call numbers below) or contact a librarian.




The cover art for the 7th edition of the APA manualRef. BF 76.7 .P83 2020




Author-Date 17th ed

Notes-Bibliography 17th ed

Ref. Z 253.U69 2017

Online Manual






Ref.  LB2369.G53 2016





 Full IEEE Manual

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Citation Managers

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RefWorks is an online citation management tool that allows you to organize your citations and quickly create bibliographies without having to type a word. Click the logo for more info!

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Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a standalone application that uses browser connectors to save full text, organize sources, and create citations. Click the logo to see more info!

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