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Psychology Resources

This is a guide to the use of psychology resources at Adelphi Libraries

About Tests and Measures

Tests and measuring instruments are an important part of research and practice in the field of psychology. Most commercial tests and instruments are under strict copyright protection and must be purchased through a publisher. The library has a small collection of commercial tests which may be used for educational purposes (see library policy below).

Unpublished tests may be available in journal articles, books or on internet sites. The aim of this guide is to help you find information about the validity of tests, as well as locate unpublished tests and commercial tests available for purchase.

Adelphi Libraries Test Policy

Tests are located in the CMC Test Room cabinets.

Patron/Student Use: In an effort to protect the validity of the tests, librarian supervision is required for use. In addition, tests are not to be photocopied or circulated.

  • Patron/student signs in and leaves ID at Reference Desk
  • ID is attached to the sign-in sheet on clip board
  • Tests must be used under a librarians's supervision in one of two areas: Test room and Sager Lab (Reference area)

Faculty Use: Faculty who wish to use tests for instructional purposes should contact Professor Madray, CMC Librarian (

Finding Tests and Measures

Finding Tests in PsycTESTS on APA PsycNET

Books Containing Measures/Questionnaires

Databases to Use for Descriptions and Reviews of Tests

Contain background information on tests, including reviews and descriptions. To search, use the advanced search screen and enter your keyword term or concept, e.g.  ‘empathy’, ‘coping’, ‘domestic violence’   on the first search box provided.  In the second line after the ‘AND’ connector add several variations of the term to retrieve measurements using ‘OR’ in between each term on the same line: Example ‘test’ or ‘survey’ or ‘questionnaire’ or ‘scale’ or ‘instrument’.

Databases to Use to Find Tests

Contain some partial and complete instruments.

Test Internet Sites