Highlight a Database-APA’s PsycTESTS

Are you writing your senior paper? A psychology major or a student in the MSW program? A faculty member in the social and behavioral sciences? You are in luck starting this semester because The James B. Duke Memorial Library now subscribes to APA’s PsycTESTS!

PsycTESTS is a database that serves as a source for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a place to find information about tests that are relevant to psychologists and professionals in related fields like psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work.

It’s updated monthly and includes a wide variety of test and survey types: achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and more. These include previously unpublished measures, tests developed by psychologists for which no source document has been located, and information about published tests available from commercial publishers.

All records in PsycTESTS are indexed and include fields for validity, reliability, and factor analysis data (when available), test purpose, construct, format, and number of items. PsycTESTS also includes supporting documentation such as instructions, answer sheets, scoring guides, and other materials to help researchers with their testing needs.

Here’s how to access this database:

  • Go to library.jcsu.edu
  • Choose “Databases” from the “Research and Support” dropdown menu at the top of the page
  • Choose “APA PsycNET” from the list of “General Databses”
  • To access tests only, uncheck the “Journal Articles” box and make sure “PsycTESTS” is the only box with a checkmark
  • Type in your search terms (for example, “postpartum depression”)
  • To see only full-text tests, type “full text tests” under “Search within Results”

For more information and helpful search tip videos, please go to: http://help.psycnet.org/psyctests/what-is-psyctests/

If you have any questions about this database _ or any of our databases _ please don’t hesitate to get in touch! I’m Julie Reed, Instructional Electronic Resources Librarian. My email is jreed@jcsu.edu and my phone number is: 704-371-6733. I’m generally here from Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thanks for reading and happy searching!

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