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Need help searching?  Having trouble locating research articles or statistics?  Want a quick refresher or overview about the Library's resources and services?  Library staff members are here to help you!

Please contact us by phone, email, or just stop by!

Phone: 973-720-2116

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Other Resources

In addition to MMY, the Cheng Library offers a wide range of resources for locating supplemental information about a test.

Books, such as Tests In Print, and other online sources, such as scholarly articles from our various databases, can offer a context within which your test has been used, or highlight issues or concerns about its use.

Below are some databases that may be useful for finding supporting literature:

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Test Reviews

Why use test reviews?

Test reviews provide valuable information about quality, accuracy and uses for various psychological tests.

One of the best places to look for this test reviews is through the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY), which has been published since 1938, and is currently on its 19th volume.  Each volume provides detailed information about current (or significantly changed) psychological tests, as well as one or more reviews by carefully selected experts who are highly qualified to assess tests in their areas of expertise.

 

Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY)

The full run of the Mental Measurements Yearbook (all volumes) is available in the Cheng Library's Reference collection (Ref. BF 176 .M467).  

And, while it might seem easy enough to just go to the shelf and look up your test, one flaw of MMY is that you might have to look in all nineteen volumes to find the test you're after... if it's even there!

But, the good news is that there's a better way!  The Buros Center for Testing, named after Oscar K. Buros (creator of MMY) has a searchable interface that will quickly tell you:

  1. If the test is reviewed in MMY,
  2. Which volume you'll find it in!

Here's how it works:

  1. Go to the Buros Center for Testing website (http://marketplace.unl.edu/buros/).
     
  2. Either browse the Alphabetical Listing or search for your test by title.


     
  3. Look for your test in the list of results.  If it's not there, check your spelling or try modifying your search for better results.

    If you find your test, don't worry that there's a price next to it!  We're only using this page to find out which print volume has the test review.


     
  4. Click the title of your test and look at the Reviewed In section to find out which volume of MMY you need to look in!


     
  5. Do not buy the test review through BUROS.org! (unless you really want to, of course!).  This is when you'll need to make a trip to the Cheng Library to check the print volume (the Sixteenth, in this case).  The volume number is clearly printed on the spine of each book, making it easy to locate.

    Some tests may be reviewed in more than one volume, although the most current is usually the one you'll want, as it will address any significant changes from previous versions.
     
  6. Locate your test alphabetically in the volume you need or with one of the indexes in the back of the volume.


     
  7. The entry itself will provide you with some basic information about the test you're exploring, as well as references to other, related information.  This may include articles and reviews of earlier editions.
     
  8. Past this basic information, you'll find the review(s)!  Look for the italicized introduction, providing the name(s) of the reviewer(s) and their credentials.  Reviews include the following categories:
    • DESCRIPTION
    • DEVELOPMENT
    • TECHNICAL
    • COMMENTS & SUMMARY
       
  9. Don't stop there!  There might be one or more additional reviews available for you to explore!

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