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Locating Tests and Measures -- a Challenge?

Many Social Welfare researchers and students are required to locate various assessment instruments, tests, and measures; either to utilize or to analyze and evaluate. However, many times, the keyword searches we commonly use in Google, the Research Databases or Minerva do not provide us with the instrument itself. This can pose quite a research challenge. The Dewey Library has many resources at your disposal which can help. A good starting point is the Social Welfare “My Research Subject��? page -- it has several sources to help you. Under the subcategory "Internet Resources in Social Welfare" you will find a section of websites specifically dealing with tests and measures, here are some examples:


  • A website known as Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences lists the 10,000 measures found in full in 97 books.

  • A complementary site, SDSU (San Diego State University)TestFinder lists more books with tests and measures and many citations to those included in journal articles.

  • Testlink from Educational Testing Service offers more than 20,000 educational and psychological tests and measurements. Some tests can be downloaded free or for a fee from the site; others must be ordered.


These are only a sample of what may be found under this category of the Internet Resources in Social Welfare page. Check to see if there is anything useful to you.

In addition to Internet sites, University at Albany has its own School of EducationTest Library (from the Division of Educational Psychology and Methodology). This website lists tests, books, hours for the library and more. The Test Library is located in Education B-11 on the Uptown Campus.

In the Dewey print collections,we also have Tests in Print [Dewey Library Reference LB 1131.5 B8], a guide to tests including how they may be ordered/purchased.

Librarians are happy to help you with any of these sources or any other research issues. Contact the Reference Desk and we will be glad to be of assistance. If you have questions specific to Social Welfare, please contact Mary Jane Brustman to set up an appointment. You may e-mail her or call her (442-3517).