A guide to the Lloyd
Sealy Library resources
Ellen Sexton, 2004
Psychological tests are widely used tools in applied
psychology. They may be either published, that is, for sale from a commercial distributor, or they
may be unpublished tests available in complete form only from their developer or creator. The
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 is a well-known published test about which
much has been written in textbooks, monographs and journal articles. It is published by the
University of Minnesota Press. Its use is restricted to trained professionals. In contrast, a
little-used unpublished test might only be described in the journal article where its use was first
reported. An unpublished test might be used and revised over a period of years before being made
available commercially as a published test. Standardized tests are those for which strict
procedures have been developed which are followed when the test is administered. They are usually
administered to a control group as well as to the candidates of interest.
We do not keep a collection of tests in the library. Tests are normally copyrighted, and cannot
be used without the permission of the copyright owner. In effect this means that you buy as many
copies as you are planning to use from the publisher. A publisher may be willing to provide a
specimen test on request. If you want to use an unpublished test, you must ask for permission to
use it from the creator of the test.
The following works can be used to identify suitable tests, and to locate the copyright
owner. The contact information for acquiring the tests may be relevant. Use the Mental
measurements yearbook to get current contact information. Some tests are sold or otherwise
provided only to people who are considered as qualified to administer them correctly.
Identification of published tests:
The Mental measurements yearbook.
Buros, O. (Ed.). Highland park, NJ: Mental
This is the most comprehensive list of published tests available. This
work was originally published in 1938, and updates are published frequently. The most recent
edition is the 15th edition, which was published in 2003. This yearbook lists and critically
reviews tests that are available commercially. The updates contain information on any new tests
that were considered for inclusion since the previous edition was published, and any information on
older tests that have been revised. Thus, unlike most reference works, it is important to consult
not just the latest edition, but the original volume and the subsequent editions as well.
Alternatively, you can consult the index to the entire series, which is on the World Wide Web at
The library subscribes to
the electronic format of this work, covering the 9th through 15th editions. Access is through
"Electronic Information Sources" on the library's homepage.
Tests: a comprehensive reference for assessments in psychology, education and
Maddox, T. (Ed.). (1997). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.
Reference BF176.T43 1997
Tests are described briefly, and information is provided as to where
they can be purchased. The tests are not critically reviewed in this work, and no references are
Tests in print IV: an index to tests, test reviews and the literature on specific
Murphy, L. (1994). Lincoln, Nebraska: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.
Reference LB3051.T455 1994
Lists and briefly describes tests that were available commercially at
the time this work was published. It can be used as a cumulative index to the Mental
measurements yearbook series. A directory of publishers is included.
Psychware sourcebook: a reference guide to computer-based products for assessment in
psychology, education and business. 4th ed.
Krug, S. (1993). Kansas City, Mo. : Test
Corp. of America
Reference BF176.2.P77 1993
Describes psychological tests for which software is available. The
supplier and price for each product is provided.
Testing adolescents: a reference guide for comprehensive psychological assessments.
Harrington, R. (Ed.). (1987). Kansas City: Test Corporation of America.
Reference BF724.25.T47 1987
The appendix lists and describes briefly the tests referred to in the
text. Publishers and prices are noted. As this book was published before the development of the
MMPI for adolescents, that test is not discussed.
Adult assessment: a source book of tests and measures of human behavior
Andrulis, R. (1977). Springfield, IL: Thomas.
Lists, describes, and critiques 155 tests used to assess adult
behavior, all of which were available from a commercial or research organization in 1977. Entries
are arranged according to the parameter being measured, e.g. personality, aptitude, etc.
Reading tests and reviews II: a monograph consisting of the reading sections of the
Seventh mental measurements yearbook (1972) and Tests in print II (1974).
Buros, O. (Ed.).
(1975). Highland park, NJ: Gryphon Press.
Reference LB1050.46.B87 1975
Measures for psychological assessment: a guide to 3,000 original sources and their
Chun, K. (1975). Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center of the Institute for
This is essentially a list of references to tests that were cited or
described in certain psychological journals published between 1960 and 1971. It consists of three
main parts – the indexes, the primary references and the applications section. Use the indexes to
identify a test, and get the complete reference from the primary reference section. There are
subject/descriptor and author indexes. This work covers both published and unpublished tests.
Personality: tests and reviews.
Buros, O. (Ed.). (1970). Highland Park, N. J. :
Reprints the reviews of personality tests that were originally
published in the Mental measurements yearbook series. Two volumes. The second volume was
published in 1975.
Identification of unpublished tests:
Directory of unpublished experimental mental measures.
(1970-1997). NY: Human
A brief description of each test is provided, along with the citation
of the article where use of the test was first described. The tests listed here are considered
non-standardized tests, still under development. Entries are very brief, but a bibliographical
reference is provided for each, citing the journal article where the test was first described. Each
volume covers journal articles that were published over a range of years. Volume 1 covers 1970,
volume 2 covers 1971-72, volume 3 covers 1973, volume 4 covers 1974 to 1980, volume 6 covers
1986-90, volume 7 covers 1991-95. Volume 5 (1981-1985) is not owned by the library at present. The
index in volume 7 covers all of the volumes.
Tests and measurements in child development: a handbook.
Johnson, O. (1971).
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Lists and describes unpublished tests that were considered as generally
available to professionals when this book was published.
Tests in microfiche: annotated index.
Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing
Reference LB3051.T45 1975-1986.
This index lists and describes unpublished tests that have been used to
perform psychological and educational assessments. We do not have the actual tests themselves here
in the John Jay Library, but the library at the Graduate Center owns the complete set, including
indexes, from 1975 to 1996. The index to the collection is now included in the ETS Test File index
on the World Wide Web at http://ericae.net/testcol.htm
Books in which scales are reproduced:
Handbook of scales for research in crime and delinquency.
Brodsky, S. (1983).
NY: Plenum Press.
Reference and stacks HV9274.B76 1983
Reviews and criticizes scales that have been used in various criminal
justice testing situations. The original questionnaire used to perform the test is reproduced.
References direct the reader to more sources of information. Scales from both published (if the
copyright holder granted permission) and unpublished tests are included.
Handbook of psychiatric rating scales - 2nd edition.
Rockville, MD: NIMH.
Reference BF698.5.L9 1973
Describes the scales, and provides bibliographic references where more
information can be found.
Scales for the measurement of attitudes.
Shaw, M. (1967). NY: McGraw-Hill.
Reproduces scales that have been used for assessing attitudes. The authors recommend that the scales be used only for group testing and research purposes.
Books about some specific tests:
The Rorschach: a comprehensive system.
Exner, J. (1993). NY: Wiley.
Reference BF698.8.R5E87 1993.
This work consists of three volumes discussing the Rorschach test.
Topics covered include the history of the test, administering and scoring it, interpreting the
results, and practical applications.
The MMPI: an interpreters manual.
Greene, R. (1980). NY: Grune and Stratton.
This work describes and discusses the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality
Inventory test which is used to assess abnormal behavior.
The house-tree-person technique. Revised manual.
Buck, J. (1970). Los Angeles:
Western Psychological Services.
Reference BF698.8.H6B8 1970
A catalog for the qualitative interpretation of the house-tree-person (H-T-P).
Jolles, I. (1971). LA: Western Psychological Services.
Reference BF698.8.H6B8J64 1971
World Wide Web sites for tests
ETS Test Collection
http://www.ets.org/testcoll/index.html This is an index to over 10,000 tests, including both published and unpublished tests. A brief description of each test and contact information for the publisher/creator is provided.
Buros Institute of Mental Measures
The Buros Institute publishes the Mental measurements yearbook which is the most
comprehensive source of information about published tests. This site provides information about the
Institute, its books and how to use them, and a link to the Test Review Locator described below.
Test Review Locator
Use this index to identify reviews that have been written about specific published tests.
A citation to each review is provided. The reviews themselves are published in the Mental measurements yearbook
and Tests in print (both of which we have in our library) and Test critiques, which we do not own at present.
Frequently Asked Questions on psychological tests
Using PsycINFO to identify tests
This electronic index of articles published in psychology journals can be used to identify
tests discussed in the periodical literature. The descriptor term used in this database is
“measures” and not the word “tests”. For efficient searching, use the phrase
measures in de in addition to your other search terms. This database can be searched from
the computers in the library.
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