Reference Guides and Handbooks
The key reference resources for testing materials in education, counseling and psychology are:
Mental Measurements Yearbook. (with Tests in Print included)
(Ref 371.26 B937) Highland Park, NJ: Gryphon, 1938 to present. Also available online in the
Test Critiques. (Ref. 371.26 K523) Kansas City, MO : Test Corporation of America, c1984-
Another source for test reviews and critiques. Use the index at the end of the most recent volume to locate a test critiques in previous volumes.
For general background information about test and assessment concepts, see
For Online Reference Sources, begin with one of the following databases:
Gale Virtual Reference & Sage Knowledge
Also check out our print collection:
Encyclopedia of Social Measurement. (Ref 300.72 K324) 3 vols. Boston: Elsevier Academic, 2005. "Presents a comprehensive summary of observational frameworks and mathematical models, and also offer tools, background information, qualitative methods, and guidelines for structuring the research process. Articles include examples and applications of research strategies and techniques, highlighting multidisciplinary options for observing social phenomena".
Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. (Ref 300.72 L589) 3 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004. Encyclopedic coverage of social science research featuring "two major types of entries: definitions, consisting of a paragraph or two, provide a quick explanation of a methodological term; and topica treatments or essays discussing the nature, history, application/example and implication of using a certain method. Also included are suggested readings and references for future study".
Educational Measurement. (Ref 371.26 L649) 3rd ed. Phoenix: Oryx, 1993. Sponsored jointly by the National Council on Measurement in Education and the American Council on Education, this work covers general principles in educational measurement as well as pragmatic applications and test construction.
ETS Test Collection Catalog. (Ref 371.26 Ed83) 5 vols. Phoenix: Oryx, 1986-1991. Vol. I Achievement Tests; Vol. 2 Vocational Tests; Vol. 3. Tests for Special Populations; Vol. 4 (unavailable); Vol. 5 Attitude Tests. Descriptive and ordering information is provided for each test included. The complete ETS Catalog available via the Internet at http://www.ets.org/testcoll/index.html.
Guide to 85 Tests for Special Education. (Ref 371.26 C739) Belmont: Fearon Education, 1990. Includes academic; perception, memory and visual-motor; speech and language; bilingual; gross and fine motor; and general intelligence tests and scales.
Handbook of Family Measurement Techniques. (Ref 371.26 T643a) Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1990. Covers over 975 instruments arranged by five primary categories: dimensions of interaction within families, intimacy and family values, parenthood, roles and power, and adjustment. Provides information on availability, variables measured and the type of instrument, short descriptions, sample items, comments, and article references and reviews. Includes indexes by authors, title, and subject classification.
Handbook of Multicultural Assessment: Clinical, Psychological, and Educational Applications. (Ref 371.26 Su99) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996. Covers general issues of assessment with multicultural populations, as well as specific concerns for educational assessment with diverse learners.
Handbook of Psychological Assessment. (Ref 155.28 G915c) 5th ed. New York: Wiley, 2009. A reference guide for those conducting psychological assessments. Helps one determine appropriate strategies for assessment (interviewing, observing, testing), as well as provides general overviews of the seven most frequently used tests. Also gives guidelines for psychological report writing and report formats, and provides four sample reports. Helpful appendices and extensive bibliography. Includes subject and author indexes. An older edition is located at (2nd floor, 150.18 G578) .
Index to Tests Used in Educational Dissertations. (Ref 371.26 F112) Phoenix: Oryx, 1989. Indexes by test title and keyword identify where to locate summaries in Dissertation Abstracts.
Major Psychological Assessment Instruments. (Ref 371.26 N469) 2nd ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1996. Provides in-depth descriptions and interpretations of the most widely used psychological assessment instruments.
Measures for Clinical Practice: A Sourcebook. (2nd floor, 153.93 F523) 2nd ed. 2 vols. New York: Free Press, 1994. Collection of short, easily-scored measurements for use with couples, families, children, and adults with problems outside the context of the family. Covers most problems seen in clinical practice, and includes an introduction to basic principles of measurement and an overview of different types of measures.
Sex and Gender Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures. (Ref 155.28 B392) New York: Greenwood, 1990. Describes nearly 200 scales covering topics that range from eating disorders to pregnancy and childbirth to sexuality. Gives sample items, variables intended to measure, descriptions, ways to administer, scoring techniques, reliability and validity, availability, and references to research using the scale. Indexes are by scale title, scale authors, variables measured, and scale users.
Test Critiques. (Ref 371.26 K523) 10 vols. Kansas City: Test Corporation of America, 1984-94. Companion volumes to Tests (below). Discusses practical applications and uses of each test, and contains critical reviews.
Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education and Business. (Ref 371.26 M264a) 5th ed. Austin: Pro-Ed, 2003. Lists and describes 3,500 tests in English, and identifies the publisher or distributor of each. Does not contain critical reviews.