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Tricks for Locating Tests and Measures

If you're a social welfare student, you will eventually need to find tests, measures, and assessment scales. If you're not sure how to find these, this post is for you! Here we will discuss how to find tests and measurements in ERIC and PsycInfo as well as other relevant resources here at the library.

In ERIC, it is possible to limit to Tests/Questionnaires under Publication Type. This is one way to find tests and measurements but is not always consistent. The best way to find what you need is to enter your search terms in the search box and add append* in the second search box. This tells the database to search for different endings of the word such as append, appendix, and appended. Articles with appended tests will be found this way, and is the most accurate way to find tests and measurements in ERIC.

The interface is different, but the approach is similar in PsycInfo. It is possible under All Fields to limit to Tests & Measures but the best way is to search append* in addition to your own search terms (like in ERIC). For the best results, keep your search general. If you cannot find the full text version in PycInfo, click on the Find It button to see if it's available in another database. If not, you can check in Minerva to see if we have it available in print.

The Dewey Library also has extensive print holdings dealing with tests and measures. Here are a few of the newest texts owned by the library:

Handbook of child sexual abuse: identification, assessment, and treatment. Edited by Paris Goodyear-Brown. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, c2012.
Dewey Library

Handbook of multicultural measures
. Glenn C. Gamst, Christopher T.H. Liang, & Aghop Der-Karabetian. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, c2011.
Dewey Library HM 1271 G36 2011

Child & family assessment in social work practice. Sally Holland. London; Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2011.
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Handbook of psychological assessment. Gary Groth-Marnat. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2009.
Dewey Library BF 176 G76 2009

Tests: a comprehensive reference for assessments in psychology, education, and business. Edited by Taddy Maddox. Austin, Tex.: Pro-Ed, c2008.
Dewey Library Reference BF 176 T43 2008

Measures for clinical practice and research>. Joel Fischer, Kevin Corcoran. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Dewey Reference BF 176 C66 2007

Also check out the database Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print. This is an EBSCO database and has the same interface as ERIC. Our Test and Measurements section of Internet Resources in Social Welfare also has relevant information.

The University at Albany also has its own School of Education Test 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.

If you have any questions about locating tests and measures, please contact Elaine Bergman, the Social Welfare bibliographer. She can be reached by email (elasdabergman@albany.edu) or by phone (442-3695).

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