PSYC 5003-Assessment and Appraisal

General Information for Students

Resources - Books, catalogs and databases
Search Tips
Following APA style rules


Many of the resources listed below may be accessed remotely 24/7 through the links listed below.

Remote Access to NSU's Databases:

Remote Access to NSU's I Drive (Instructor Drive) and L Drive (your personal storage space online) - Web VPN

(If you've never done this before, you may want to use the Help provided at the login screen!)

NSU Broken Arrow Library:
NSU John Vaughan Library Web Page:


If you are unfamiliar with the terminology you encounter while searching article databases (or while reading articles in journals) you may wish to refer to sources such as textbooks, dictionaries, and other reference resources in the field of study.

Reference Materials

Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes Call # Ref. BF 698.4 .M38 1991

Mental Measurements Yearbook Call # Ref. LB 3051 .M458
(Includes review and critique of tests; subsequent volumes DO NOT supercede the previous volume; there is an online version)

Tests In Print (Vol. VII) Call # Ref. LB 3051 .T45
      (Does not include review and critique information; each new volume effectively "replaces" the previous volume; no online version)

Broken Arrow only

Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment (Volumes 1 - 4) Call # BA Ref. BF176 .C654 2004

Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Asssessments in Psychology, Education, and Business Call # BA Ref. BF176 .T43 1997

Books (Catalogs for finding)

Search the NSU Libraries' Online Catalog:

Here are some of the subject headings used in the catalog: psychological tests, anxiety testing, association tests, attitude (psychology) testing, intelligence tests, personality tests, values testing

Search for E-Books using NetLibrary:

Journal and Magazine Article Databases (use to find articles that have used the test as methodology in the research study)

Academic Search Premier - This is a general database, which means it contains article citations and full text articles covering many academic subjects. It is one of the twenty-five databases produced by EbscoHost for which NSU has a subscription. It is probably our most widely used database and is sometimes referred to simply as "Ebsco."

ERIC - This is another database produced by EbscoHost. ERIC stands for the Educational Resource Information Center. It contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals. ERIC contains a thesaurus, which can be very helpful in figuring out which search terms to use when looking for information.

Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This databasealso contains more than 200 educational reports.

PsycARTICLES - a definitive source of searchable full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 40,000 articles from 53 journals - 45 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 8 from allied organizations. It includes all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1985 to present.

PsycINFO - PsycINFO, from the American Psychological Association (APA), contains more than 2 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s. 97 percent of the covered material is peer-reviewed. Journal coverage, which spans 1887 to present, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in more than 25 languages. Contains a thesaurus.

Go to all EbscoHost databases

Education Full Text - Part of Wilson's Omnifile Full Text, Mega Edition, EFT provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Coverage includes 79 journals (37 with full text) not covered by ERIC's Current Index to Journals in Education. Index coverage goes back to 1983. Full text articles from 1996 to the present. Contains a thesaurus.

Wilson's Social Science Full Text - Social Sciences Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles of at least one column in length from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere plus the full text of selected periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of social sciences journals. Abstracting coverage begins with periodicals published in January 1994. Abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full text coverage begins in January 1995.

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Other Databases

Mental Measurements Yearbook (EBSCO Host version) - Mental Measurements Yearbook, produced by the Buros Institute, contains fulltext information about and reviews of all English-language standardized tests covering educational skills, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, and related areas as included in the printed Mental Measurements Yearbooks. This database product contains data from Yearbooks 9 through 17.

For each test, the database provides the name of the test author, publication information, scoring information, and the number of the Mental Measurements Yearbook in which the test was described originally. The full text for each record includes an overview of the test, a description of the test materials and time needed, and one or more reviews of the test.

The database can be used by professionals such as counselors, guidance workers, psychologists, personnel directors, and educators.

For best results, remember to try searching by the test name AND the test acronym - this is true in the MMY AND the article databases.

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Search Tips

1. Be prepared with synonyms in case your original search produces no results. Use a thesaurus if the database is equipped with one.

2. Pay attention to search tips or help screens provided by each database. Even experienced researchers (like professors and librarians!) can have trouble when dealing with a new interface. Take the time to learn how to use the tool - it will help you to avoid frustration!

3. Remember that most databases allow for Boolean Searching.  Use and to narrow, or to expand, not to exlude.  Truncation is also useful for bringing back all relevant results.  For example, type counsel* to bring back documents containing the words counsel, counseling, counselor...

4. Take advantage of the following sources of help:

- Tutorials

- Reference Assistance:
Broken Arrow - First and second floor service desk - open whenever the library is open
Tahlequah - Reference On Call at the John Vaughan Library is staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon - Thurs. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by reference librarians or other experienced library staff members.

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Evaluating Web sites

It's important to remember that publishing on the web is very easy - almost anyone can do it! The problem with that is knowing what's credible (worth your time) and what's not.

Here are some of the thing you want to look at or for:

the URL (.gov, .mil, .us, .edu are usually pretty credible);
links to information about the author or sponsoring organization;
links to other sites that are credible;
how current it is

Ultimately the researcher must be the one to determine whether or not to use information found on a web site. The following information from the University of California at Berkeley provides some excellent guidelines for evaluating sites:

NSU Grant Website

As an option for your capstone project, the NSU Research and Sponsored Programs website includes information on a variety of grants for which you may apply.

Following APA style rules

The American Psychological Association originally created a publication manual to provide a common structure for all journal manuscripts in the area of the social sciences.

Many other disciplines (including psychology, the behavioral sciences, nursing, personnel administration and many areas within education) have adopted this as their professional writing standard as well.

In an academic environment, you will often be expected to conform to this standard when writing. At this point, you should be mostly concerned with creating an accurate reference list using proper format and providing citations within the text to give credit for an idea or concept to the source from which you got it.


Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The library owns several copies of the style guide; however, only the 5th edition circulates (can be checked out). The NSU libraries have seven copies of the 6th edition in reference and two on reserve. ( BF76.7 .P83 2010)

Websites: - this will take you to the Buros web site's FAQ page, where it shows examples of how to cite entries from the MMY.

For the citation format of an MMY entry you find in the EBSCO online MMY, click on the "Cite this article" icon (looks like a sheet of yellow notebook paper) on the full record. Copy and paste the citation.

OR, you can print the first page of the MMY entry after changing the print options from "Standard Field Format" to "Citation Format" & use the pulldown menu to select APA style. (Remember to print only the first page, or you will have the entire article print again!)

Using APA format (Purdue University) - this comprehensive guide summarizes the print version of the book. Click on Your Reference List to find examples of the proper format to use when listing sources you used.

Quick Guide to APA Style

APA's Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Updated: September 22, 2010