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Finding Tests and Other Instruments

This guide provides advice on finding tests and other instruments in various resources from the library and on the Internet.

About tests and measures

Tests and measures are often broken up into two categories:

  • Non-commercial ("unpublished")- instruments usually found in books, journal articles, dissertations, etc. While most do not require purchase, they may still be protected by copyright law. Researchers should seek permission for use unless permission has been explicitly granted.
  • Commercial ("published")- instruments usually licensed for use by a specific publisher and require purchase. Beware of unauthorized versions on the Internet.

View Webster University's Institutional Review Board to make sure all required procedures and policies are followed when using tests in your research.

Non-commercial or unpublished tests

Other sources of non-commercial tests: PsycTests contains only a small percentage of the world's unpublished tests. Check other sources mentioned in this research guide:

Commercial or published tests

Tutorials, guidelines, and standards