Consider the following before starting to search for measurement instruments. Content adapted from the University of Michigan.
Published tests or measurements are available for purchase from the test publisher. Certification or permission from the publisher and author(s) might be required to administer these tests.
Unpublished tests or measurements are not available commercially but might be included in articles, studies and dissertations. These tests are also under copyright and you should request permission to use these tests by contacting the author(s).
Finding a test or measurement instrument can be challenging at times and requires patience. You will likely need to consult several different resources, online databases and books but don't give up. If you need additional help please contact your liaison librarian.
Always get permission from a test's author before using the test.
Step 1: Check the Leadership Instruments Library compiled by Dr. Karen Ford and Dr. Sam Nickels with help from the SSLS department.
Step 2: Check in PsycNET. Put a couple of key words from the test name into the search box, and change the dropdown menu from Any Field to Test Name.
Step 3: Check for the test in our dissertations database.
Step 4: Check for the test in ERIC. Go to Advanced Search and limit Publication Type to Tests/Questionnaires.
Step 5: Search the ETS Test Link database.
Step 6: Try the JMU Library Catalog.
Step 7: Try Google.
Step 8: Try Google Books.
Step 1: Consult an index of tests. JMU subscribes to two databases for this:
Step 2: Find an article or research study similar to your study that uses or describes a test on your topic.
Test reviews can be found in reference works and in journal articles.
Remember that not every test will have a published review.