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SWK 3350: Diagnostic Systems in Social Work: Test & Measurements

Tests and Measurement Instruments

Tests and Measurements such as questionnaires, inventories and scales, are standardized instruments design to measure concepts and variables in numerous social science disciplines. They are used for diagnosis, research or assessment.

NEW Database!!!!!

We now have Mental Measurement Yearbook with Test in Print

Mental Measurements Yearboo k, produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska, provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments.  Provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s).

Finding Test & Measurement Instruments

Finding test and measurement instruments is not an easy task.  Researches  may opt on not including their test or measurement instruments when they publish articles. Some publishing companies do not include the test and measurements  due to space.  Most importantly most  measurement instruments are copyrighted material. 

However you can still find test and measurement instruments through the following databases:

Evaluating Measurment Instruments

When evaluating measurement instruments ask the following questions:

  • Has the instrument been used in your discipline or subject area?
  • What are the procedures of this instrument?
  • Has the instrument been used on the population intended?
  • Does the instrument provide stable and consistent results? (Reliability) (a≥0.7)
  • Does it measure the variables that it was intended to measure? (Validity)
  • What is the cost of applying such instrument to a study?

Use the Mental Measurement Yearbook with Test in Print

Also available in print in the library reference collection (2nd floor) call number: REF LB3051 .M458

The Mental Measurements Yearbook produced by the Buros Institute provides a comprehensive guide to thousands of testing instruments. Mental Measurements contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership.  The yearbook DOES NOT include actual instruments.


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