It's important to note that the books and databases listed here do not provide the full versions of the tests. They provide basic information and reviews of the tests.
Obtaining a copy of the actual test can be a bit more difficult. Typically, a licensed professional must contact the test publisher and/or author, and is often required to purchase the test. The publisher/author information can usually be found in the review.
Also, please be aware that while the staff at Cheng Library are more than happy to help you locate information about the tests, they do not have the expertise to recommend or evaluate the tests. That all depends on your project or research, and those kinds of questions are best answered by your professor.
You can also contact the Psychology Department if you have questions about psychological testing, or if you need advisement on Psychology courses.
The Cheng Library has several other print series that you can use to find test information in addition to the MMY:
Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures
FAQ: Finding Information about Psychological Tests
This FAQ from the American Psychological Association (APA) provides information on Published Psychological Tests, Unpublished Psychological Tests and Measures, and Additional Information on the Proper Use of Tests.
The APA also offers a number of resources on Testing and Assessment here.The APA Testing Office notes on their website that they do not maintain, sell, or endorse any psychological tests - they aim to provide people with resources about psychological tests.
The Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) is one of the best places to look for psychological test reviews, which provide information about the quality, accuracy, and uses for many psychological tests. The MMY has been published since 1938 and is currently in its 19th volume. Each volume contains information on current psychological tests, as well as any tests that may have undergone any significant changes. The MMY also includes reviews on these tests written by experts who are highly qualified to assess tests within their areas of expertise.
Here's the good news: The Cheng Library has the full run of the Mental Measurements Yearbook (all 19 volumes!), located in the Reference collection (Ref. BF 176 .M467).
Here's the bad news: While it may seem easy enough to just find the MMY on the shelf and look up your test, one problem with the MMY is that you might have to look in all nineteen volumes to find the test you need, if it's even in there!
But here's more good news: There's a better and easier way to find your test.
The Buros Center for Testing (named after Oscar K. Buros, creator of the MMY) has a searchable website that will quickly tell you:
Go to the Buros Center for Testing website (https://marketplace.unl.edu/buros/). Once there, you can either browse the Alphabetical Listing or Search for your test by the title.
If you're having trouble finding the information you need about a psychological test, ask us! We can help. You can stop by the Reference Desk, give us a call, or send us an email/chat.
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