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Databases for Locating Test Information

The UMD Library has many databases searchable by database title or by subject. The databases listed below are the best starting place for locating information on tests and measurements. Depending upon your subject, you may want to go into a subject specific database.

PsycInfo (CSA) FindIT

PsycInfo is the major psychological database. To search using the thesaurus, click on the Search Tools tab. The thesaurus helps you to see find additional subject headings. Measurement is used rather than tests as a descriptor. Some of the descriptor terms are:

achievement measures
aptitude measures
group testing
intelligence measures
measurement
personality measures
questionnaires
statistical tests

Use the classification field to limit to tests - 2200 Psychometrics & Statistics & Methodology.

The Find It icon helps you to find the full-text article. If the article is found in another database, you will be linked to that source. If the Find It icon says "Automatic Full Text Linking not available", copy the source (journal title - do not copy The or A). Click on E-Journal Locator, and paste in the title of the journal. If not found in that resource, continue to check the remaining resources. Requesting an Interlibrary Loan takes a minimum of 10 business days, the more time provided the better.

PsycArticles (CSA)

The full-text journals from the American Psychological Association (28 journals); Educational Foundation (14 journals); Canadian Psychological Association (3 journals; and Hogrefe & Huber Publishers (5 journals). PsycInfo will link to these full-text journals using the FIND IT icon.

Psychology Journals (Proquest)

This index includes the full-test of nearly 300 psychology and related fields. Good place to check for full-text articles, but make sure to use PsycInfo to do a comprehensive search.

ERIC (CSA) Find It

ERIC is available using Cambridge ERIC. To search using the thesaurus, click on the Search Tools tab. The thesaurus helps you to see the many descriptors used for measurements. Many of the ERIC documents (ED) are available online from ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) from 1996 to present. The UMD Library carries the ED microfiche from 1983 to ED483046, 2003. In ERIC, the ED citation must have MF01 under availability to be available on microfiche. Online access varies. If the ED citation is not available online, check the Library Catalog.The Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors shows the descriptors used when searching the ERIC indexes. Some of the following descriptors used for tests are:

comparative testing
measurement
measures (individuals)
norm referenced tests
standardized tests
test norms
test reliability
tests

The ERIC Identifier Authority List (located behind the Reference Desk on 2nd floor) shows the specific names of tests which can be searched in area. In the back of the book under categories is a list of tests and testing. Use the identifier field to located information regarding specific tests.

 

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