Test Collection | Databases and Electronic Resources

Databases and Electronic Resources

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, the databases are restricted to University of Chicago users.

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI)--via OVID
      Produced by Behavioral Measurement Database Services, this database indexes materials from 1985 to the present. It provides access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science. The database contains citations to actual test documents and bibliographic citations to journal articles and compilations which contain information about specific test instruments.

Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY)--via OVID
      This searchable database includes the full-text of the reviews and descriptive information about tests and measurement instruments that are contained in the print title of the same name (Z5814.P8R91 Regenstein 4th Floor Reading Room). Full-text begins with the 9th edition (1980) and continues to the present. The database is updated every six months. MMY is produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements and its website includes a variety of useful information. The Instructional Resources section offers "How To" guides and a MMY Index covering all the print volumes since 1985. Buros also offers a free service, Test Reviews Online, that includes citations to, and excerpts from, the complete MMY (and customers can then purchase the complete review if they do not have other access).

Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences: Tests available in compilation volumes
      Thanks to the work of Helen Hough, Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington, this freely available resource indexes more than 100 titles that provide the text of more than 10,000 instruments. The website also offers help pages and a list of links to FAQs about locating tests and measures.

ETS Test Collection
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) offers a free search facility into its database of more than 25,000 citations to tests and other measurement devices. Many of these instruments are unpublished and, for some, the ETS sells copies in microfiche. A subset of the ETS Test Collection comprises Tests in Microfiche, to which the UofC Library subscribes (Regenstein, Microforms, Floor 3, Call No.: microfcLB3051.T474). A list of which tests are included in Tests in Microfiche is offered by Helen Hough in her resource cited above.

PsycInfo--via OVID
     This database, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), indexes journal literature in the field of psychology as well as books, book chapters, reports, and dissertations. PsycInfo offers a search limit of "Tests and Measures"; this field provides the names of tests that were used in the study or for an article where the test itself was the topic. If the document includes the actual test in its entirety (usually unpublished tests and surveys), PsycInfo adds the word “Appended” in the “Tests & Measures” field. The APA offers much more guidance through its PsycInfo Search Help/Training Center, including Tips for Searching for Tests.