September 25th, 2008

Looking for a Particular Test or Measure?

Are you looking for a test or a measure to conduct your dissertation research? One Library database you should check is the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY), sometimes faculty or others may refer to this databases as Buros . This database has reviews which include the history, validity, reliability, publisher, cost and other information of many published instruments. However, I know it can be frustrating to learners that it does not let you view a copy of instrument. Also there may not be a published instrument that measures your interest.

So what do you do at that point?

When this occurs I often direct learners to another Library database Dissertations & Theses Full text. In this database you could search for dissertations that used the instrument, most dissertations require a copy of the instrument is included in the appendix of the dissertation. You could also check the publishers Web site they may have a copy of the instrument .

Also if you don’t find a published instrument in the MMY database, you may find an unpublished instrument in a dissertation. Unpublished instruments would require permission of the author of the dissertation (or the person who created the instrument) to use in your dissertation.

Any instrument you use or create is of course subject to the approval of your mentor and the Institutional Review Board Process.

Need some help finding a test or measure for your dissertation? Call or email the Capella Librarians, we would be happy to help you use the resources mentioned above, or perhaps suggest other resources.



Comment from Erika
Time September 26, 2008 at 9:45 am

There’s always one more trick up the sleeve when I’m looking a survey that has been published full-text somewhere:

“Tests and measures in the Social Sciences ( from the University of Texas at Austin is an extensive bibliography of titles that include actual tests and measures. The searchable guide contains a list of print books that include specific instruments. Since the Capella Library has few of these texts click on the link that says “Available in a library near you” and type in your zip code to find a local library with the book. You can also request the book through Capella Library Interlibrary Loan.”

This is from our Finding Tests and Measures Guide:

— Erika

Comment from Helen Hough
Time June 24, 2014 at 2:52 pm

The link to the Tests and measures in the Social Sciences database as noted in this blog is no active. The URL is now

Comment from Helen Hough
Time June 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Please check your links for the “Tests & Measures in the Social Sciences” database . It had to be moved because of computer security issues on our campus.
The URL is now
Please share this information with colleagues who would find it useful.

I also took the opportunity to revise the pages for consistency and internal structure as some of the pages were 15 years old.
You may notice slight changes, for example, the colors have changed to reflect our school colors…
It also works rather nicely on my android phone.
The new suggested Google style search (“TMdb” or “tmdb”) search may not work this week because I just added the set of documents to the internet.
It will probably take Google about a week to magically index the pages and thus get that working. “tmdb” is certainly easier to type than is “compilation volumes”

If anyone notices any errors (for example, misspelling, broken links), do let me know.
I also gleefully listen to all suggestions regarding format/design and options for materials to be included.

Helen Hough, Systems Librarian
University of Texas at Arlington Library

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