Video Transcript: This video demonstrates how to use PsycTESTS.  The PsycTESTS database is produced by the American Psychological Association and contains tests, measures, other assessments. Among the several instrument databases the library subscribes to, such as Mental Measurements Yearbook, and Health and Psychosocial Instruments, PsycTESTS is the only one that actually contains instruments. Many of... Read more »

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This video demonstrates how to use PsycTESTS.  The PsycTESTS database is produced by the American Psychological Association and contains tests, measures, other assessments.

Among the several instrument databases the library subscribes to, such as Mental Measurements Yearbook, and Health and Psychosocial Instruments, PsycTESTS is the only one that actually contains instruments. Many of the full-text instruments in this database are freely available for educational use. Permissions information is included in the test’s record in the database.

Before starting your search ask yourself – What are you trying to measure? For example, you may be looking for an instrument that measures motivation, self-efficacy, or perception and attitudes.

Let’s do a search for employee motivation.  Looking at the results page you will see a column on the left-hand side, which allows you to modify and sort your results.

First let’s looks at the Subjects applied to the search results. Notice that the results are sorted by Relevance.  You will see employee motivation is a subject heading. I am going to select employee motivation, thereby bringing the amount of results to a more manageable number.

Now let’s look at the Permissions. I am going to select – May use for Research and Teaching, which limits the results even further.

Let’s take a look at the first entry. By clicking on Abstract and Details you will see the most important information about the instrument. First you will see the abstract which is a summary. Then the Details which lists the construct. The construct is the essence of what is being measured.

By clicking the plus symbol to the left of Test Development you will see several important things, such as where the instrument was reported, giving you the citation of the original article and helping you to further research the test. You will also see information about its reliability and validity, meaning, does it measure what it’s supposed to measure.

Where the instrument was reported – this information gives you the citation of the original article and helps in further researching the test. What is the test’s reliability and validity – does it measure what it’s supposed to measure.

Now let’s look at the full text.  Opening the PDF – The first page of the pdf will duplicate information found in the Citation/Abstract section.

The second page of the PDF contains the instrument. Not all instruments are formatted for immediate use. Many times you will have to format the test following the instructions provided in the Citation/Abstract section.

This concludes the video on using the PsycTESTS database. If you have any questions please remember to contact us via Ask a Librarian. Thank you.