Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New This Fall: The PsycTESTS Database

Starting this fall, the Cheng Library is offering PsycTESTS, a research database produced by the American Psychological Association that provides access to over 20,000 psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration. The database is a most valuable resource for any student or faculty member engaged in data collection, survey development, testing and measurement, methodological issues, or assessment.

PsycTESTS focuses primarily on unpublished tests, that is, tests developed by researchers but not made commercially available. Most records in the database link to a variety of materials describing the test in peer-reviewed literature, technical reports, or dissertations as well as links to related peer-reviewed literature describing test development, review, or use. All records include a summary that describes the test, with its purpose and some history of its development, and most records include the actual test instrument.

Each record in PsycTESTS includes data on the scope of the test, test implementation, a high-level overview of the test's development, and reliability and validity data (when available). Tests include those compiled from a systematic review of peer-reviewed journals published by APA, Hogrefe Publishing Group, and other large publishers; technical reports from the APA's PsycEXTRA database; contributions from individual test authors; collections from the Archives of the History of American Psychology; and more. Commercially available tests indexed by APA are also included, with links to purchase the instrument from the publisher.

The database, which we are providing on the EBSCOhost platform, offers a variety of search and browse options, including access by test name or acronym, author, construct, subject, format, population, year, and other attributes.

We invite you to try PsycTESTS and see what its unique content has to offer. Please contact Richard Kearney ( or 973-720-2165) if you have questions or comments about PsycTESTS.

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