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Nursing: A Guide to McFarlin Library Resources: Tests & Measures
This Nursing Research Guide will introduce you to the sources available at McFarlin Library for conducting research in the Nursing and Allied Health field.
The box to the right will help you identify and locate information on psychological tests and measures. These are standardized instruments used by psychologists and other mental health professionals in assessment, diagnosis, research and education. They may take the form of scales, inventories, questionnaires, etc. that measure behavior, needs, or knowledge of individuals or groups. Finding information about a particular test is usually pretty easy. Getting a copy of it may be more difficult.
Published and Unpublished Tests
Published psychological tests are those available for sale from a publisher. You may only be able to get a copy of it by purchasing it. Some publishers will sell tests only to qualified researchers. The Mental Measurements Yearbook (aka Buros) is an excellent source of information about published tests.
Unpublished tests are not available from commercial publishers. Sometimes the only source of information about them may come from journal articles or a Google search. Getting a copy of the test may require contacting the person or research group that developed it.
"Produced by the Buros Center for Testing at the University of Nebraska, the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) provides users with a comprehensive guide to thousands of contemporary testing instruments. Designed for an audience ranging from novice test consumers to experienced professionals, the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. All MMY entries contain descriptive information (e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing) and edited review(s) written by leading content area experts. To be included in the MMY, a test must be commercially available, be published in the English language, and be new or revised since it last appeared in the series. First published by Oscar K. Buros, the MMY series allows users to make knowledgeable judgments and informed selection decisions about the increasingly complex world of testing. Subscribers are entitled access to the content included in all volumes of the Mental Measurements Yearbook series from Volume 1 to current." -- EBSCO
"Also produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska, Tests in Print (TIP) serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s)." -- EBSCO