Instruments and Assessment

The Harris Library offers reference materials for locating test information and reviews, including items that contain psychological tests.They are found in the Tests in Microfiche collection, in journal articles, or in special print compilations.

Research Databases

The following research databases have information on psychological tests and where to find them.

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    Subjects: nursing, allied health
    Formats: journal articles, books, dissertations
    Publication dates: 1981 – present
    Limit your results by Publication Type and choose Questionnaire/scale and Research Instrument.
  • Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
    Subjects: education
    Formats: journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers
    Publication dates: 1966 – present
    Limit your results by Publication Type and select Tests/Questionnaires.
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments
    Subjects: tests
    Formats: journal articles, books, technical reports, and test publishers’ catalogs
    Publication dates: 1985 – present
    Limit to Primary Source to find the original article where the test was first published or a resource that contains the full text of the assessment.
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) and Tests in Print (TIP)
    Subjects: tests
    Formats: reviews, factsheets
    Publication dates: 1936 – present
  • PsycINFO
    Subjects: psychology and related disciplines
    Formats: journal articles, books, dissertations
    Publication dates: 17th century – present
    To locate resources that contain appended tests, add TM Appended to your search terms or type appended in the search box and select TM Tests & Measures from the drop-down menu.


Here is a list of some of the best sites that provide descriptions of tests and information on how to obtain them:

Finding Resources Using the Online Library Catalog

The library catalog is a good place to start searching if you know the specific test name or a type of test (e.g., intelligence, depression, etc.) that you need. One approach is to try a keyword search for the name of the test. Another one is to search by subject heading:

If you enter a term as a subject heading and it is not one currently used by the Library of Congress, the system will refer you to the correct heading.

Sample keywords for assessment include:

  • Appraisal
  • Aptitude tests
  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Educational measurement
  • Evaluation
  • Instruments
  • Measurement
  • Mental tests
  • Observation
  • Personality inventory
  • Scale
  • Screening
  • Sociometrics
  • Tests

General Print Resources

The Harris Library has a range of print resources that deal almost exclusively with assessment tools. Although a few of the resources will provide the actual assessment instrument most will only offer a critique of a particular scale and provide references on its usage.

NOTE: Please click on the link to the Library Catalog for call number, location, and availability.

Advances in personality assessment (1982- ). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Fischer, J., & Corcoran, K. (2007). Measures for clinical practice and research: A sourcebook (4th ed., Vols. 1-2). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Goldman, B. A. (1973-[2008]).Directory of unpublished experimental mental measures (Vols. 1-9 & Title Index, vols. 1-7). Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown.

Groth-Marnat, G. (2009). Handbook of psychological assessment (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Hersen, M., & Bellack, A. S. (Eds.). (1988). Dictionary of behavioral assessment techniques. New York: Pergamon Press.

Innovations in clinical practice: A 21st century sourcebook (2009-, Vol. 1-). Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Exchange.

Johnson, O. G. (1976) Tests and measurements in child development: Handbook II (Vols. 1-2). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Keller, P. A., & Ritt, L. G. (Eds.). (1982-2008 ). Innovations in clinical practice: A source book (Vols. 1-[26]). Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Exchange.

Keyser, D. J., & Sweetland, R. C. (Eds.). (1984-2005 ). Test critiques (Vols. 1-11). Kansas City, MO: Test Corporation of America.

Kline, P. (1993). The handbook of psychological testing. New York: Routledge.

Maddox, T. (Ed.). (2008). Tests: A comprehensive reference for assessments in psychology, education, and business (6th ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

The …[Eleventh] mental measurements yearbook. (1941- ). Highland Park, NJ: The Mental Measurements Yearbook. Irregular. More current volumes are (AVAILABLE ONLINE )

Newmark, C. S. (Ed.). (1996). Major psychological assessment instruments. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Robinson, J. P., & Shaver, P. R. (1973). Measures of social psychological attitudes (Rev. ed.). Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Reasearch.

Robinson, J. P., Shaver, P. R., & Wrightsman, L. S. (Eds.). (1991). Measures of personality and social psychological attitudes. San Diego: Academic Press.

Rush, A. J., First, M. B., & Blacker, D. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of psychiatric measures. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

Tests in print. (1961- ). Highland Park, NJ: Gryphon Press. (AVAILABLE ONLINE)

Subject Specific Print Resources

Following is a partial listing of resources in the Harris Library that cover assessment in a specific subject area. The collection also includes resources that provide information on specific tests or instruments.

NOTE: Please click on the link to the public catalog for call number, location, and availability.

Antonak, R. F., & Livneh, H. (1988). The measurement of attitudes toward people with disabilities: Methods, psychometrics, and scales. Springfield, IL: C.C. Thomas.

Conoley, J. C., & Werth, E. B. (Eds.). (1995). Family assessment. Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Fisher, T. D., Davis, C. M., Yarber, W. L., & Davis, S. L. (Eds.). (2011). Handbook of sexuality-related measures (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Fredman, N., & Sherman, R. (1987). Handbook of measurements for marriage and family therapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Harrington, R. G. (Ed). (1986). Testing adolescents: A reference guide for comprehensive psychological assessments. Kansas City: Test Corp. of America.

Jones, R. L. (Ed). (1996). Handbook of tests and measurements for black populations. Hampton, VA: Cobb & Henry Publishers.

L’Abate, L., & Bagarozzi, D. (Eds.). (1993). Sourcebook of marriage and family evaluation. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Lam, R. W., Michalak, E. E., & Swinson, R. P. (2005). Assessment scales in depression, mania, and anxiety. London; New York: Taylor & Francis.

Lichtenberg, P. A. (Ed.). (1999). Handbook of assessment in clinical gerontology. New York: Wiley.

Mangen, D. J., & Peterson, W. A. (Eds.). (1982-1984). Research instruments in social gerontology (Vols. 1-3). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Murphy, L. L., & Impara, J. C. (Eds.). (1996).
Assessment of substance abuse
. Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements, University of Nebraska Press.

Sajatovic, M., & Ramirez, L. F. (2003). Rating scales in mental health (2nd ed.). Hudson, OH: Lexi-Comp.

Sawin, K., Harrigan, M. P., & Woog, P. (Eds.). (1995). Measures of family functioning for research and practice. New York: Springer Publishing Co.

Stout, C. E., Levitt, J. L., & Ruben, D. H. (Eds.). (1992). Handbook for assessing and treating addictive disorders. New York: Greenwood Press.

Suzuki, L. A., & Ponterotto, J. G. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of multicultural assessment; Clinical, psychological, and education applications (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. (2nd ed., 2001, is available ONLINE)

Tate, R. L. (2010). Compendium of tests, scales and questionnaires: The practitioners guide to measuring outcomes after acquired brain impairment. Hove, UK; New York: Psychology Press.

Verhulst, F. C., & Ende, J. van der. (2006). Assessment scales in child and adolescent psychiatry. Abington, [England]: Informa; Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis.

Other Resources

Tests in microfiche, [microform]. (1975- ). Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service. Available at: Health Center Library, HCL Periodicals Microfiche Cabinet. 1975-1998.