Psychology and Education @St. Thomas

October 29, 2006

Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences

Filed under: Research Techniques,Tests and Measures — merriealynn @ 8:14 pm

Looking for Tests, Measures, and Inventories in the Library? Here’s an Index

 

Helen Hough's database of tests & measures in books

Helen Hough’s database of tests & measures in books

Every week someone e-mails me wanting tests and inventories hoping to measure everything from anxiety to the quality of the relationship between people who work together.

A wonderful librarian, named Helen Hough, at Central Library at the University of Texas at Arlington indexed over 100 compilations that include tests, measures and inventories. It’s set up as a live database, so you can type in the name (or subject) of the test you’re interested in, and you’ll get a list of results. Click on the one that looks most promising. Not only will you get a citation of the book, you’ll also be told how much of the test is included.

You can  search for constructs, like “panic.” Use the first link that says RefShare RefWorks Interface. Or, if you know the title of the test, like Acute Panic Inventory, use the second link that says UT Arlington (host) website. Type in the title of the test, followed by TMdb, as below.

Search the website with the terms acute panic inventory TMdb. Put quotes around the test title

A search on the website

In this case, click on the link — it’s for the Acute Panic Inventory. And this is the result you’ll get. It says that the entire test is included. And also lists all of the other tests included in the book.

You can click on the Find in Library near you link to see if we or our consortium have it.
Sajatovic M & Ramirez LF (2001). Rating scales in mental health. Hudson, OH: Lexi-Comp. [71 full text instruments] FIND THIS BOOK IN A LIBRARY NEAR YOU: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/606949108

This will look up the book in the catalog of libraries around the world, including our own. If you click on this one, it tells you that St. Kate’s has the book, but only for use in the library. You can visit St. Kate’s or request the book through InterLibrary Loan and they’ll send you a copy.

[I’m delighted to add that Ms. Hough commented that there is “a lot more stuff in Refshare.” That’s the link above the Quick Search box. In that database she and her colleagues use RefWorks to gift us with even more information about the locations of tests and measures. When you get into Refshare, you can search for what you’d like by using the dropdown list under Search on the very left-most bit of the menu at the top of the page. (Choose Advanced — That gives you the most options.) Again, enjoy yourselves!]

I mention the details about Ms. Hough because she has performed such a service to all of us. Thank you Ms. Hough. Thank you so much. You had already helped two of the librarians at the University of Florida within 2 days of finding out about your index. We grovel in thankfulness.

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3 Comments »

  1. There is more stuff available if you use the refshare link. A lot more stuff.

    Helen Hough

    Comment by Anonymous — October 31, 2006 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  2. I just tried to link to RefShare and realized that UF doesn’t subscribe to it.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 5, 2006 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

  3. You should be able to link to RefShare in Helen Hough’s database anyway. (You were able to do that right?)

    We “subscribe”, but after reading the help section for RefWorks, it looks like we haven’t “turned it on” for our library. RefShare would allow all or some people to read or share each other’s bibliographies.

    But you can still do that by allowing folks to have “read-only” passwords.

    Comment by merrie alynn — November 6, 2006 @ 12:53 pm | Reply


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