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Finding Tests and Measurements: Use of Tests/Measures

A pathfinder to identifying and finding tests and measures in the social sciences.

Use of Tests and Measures

Suggestions for Getting A Copy of That Test or Measurement

"Can I get a copy of this test for free?" I wouldn't bet on it, but it's possible. If the test is available commercially, you WILL have to buy it. You may want to try some or all of the following options. Not all of these are guaranteed of having the test you need, but there are some places to check.

  • If the test or measurement is created in a dissertation, you can try to search in Digital Dissertations. The OSU Library has some full-text available in Digital Dissertations (OSU dissertations from 1961 to the present, selected libraries in the Greater Western Library Association may be available also, and all dissertations from about 1999 to the present, regardless of the university, should be available full-text.) If the dissertation isn't available for download in Digital Dissertations, you'll need to fill out an Interlibrary Loan request
  • Some, not all, tests are available at the ASIST National Auxiliary Publications Service. Their phone number is 516.481.2300. You can mail requests for purchase to Burrows, 248 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY 11552.
  • ETS tests can be ordered through the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540, 609.734.5689, email:
  • Some authors may give you a copy of their measurements (stranger things have happened, but not likely for any commercially available test.) Contact the author to see if they will let you have a copy of their test.
  • There are a couple of document depositories which may have a copy of a test available. Select Press (415.924.1616) or American Document Institute (202.707.5661)

Responsible Use of Tests and Measures

There are several important things to keep in mind regarding the search and use of tests and measurements:

  1. Nearly all tests and measurements are copyrighted, including those which you can find freely available. As such, you cannot make any changes to the measurement, modify questions, etc., without the permission of the copyright holder.
  2. You should ALWAYS contact the author of the measurement (even if you find it  freely available) to get permission to use the test or measure.
  3. Many publishers/copyright holders place restrictions upon who can use their measurements. They do this because they do not want to compromise the integrity of the measurement. Further, most publishers will only allow measurements to be administered and interpreted by professionals. You should make every effort to adhere to publisher guidelines for use of the measurement.
  4. The OSU library has never made a concerted effort to purchase measurements and tests, save for those available in some of the full-text sources listed elsewhere on this guide.