Assess your Research Instrument
When you search APA PsycTests, the results list will include links to a series of test records that will provide most of the information necessary to assess your potential instrument.
Each APA PsycTests record includes the following:
You can place limits upon your search from the results page. Go to "Refine Results" on the left hand side of your results list--from there you can automatically update your results to show limits such as full text, age, year, and language.
►Research Tip: The limits you currently have on your search appear as Limiters.
You can go directly to the Full Text of your test by clicking on the PDF Full Test link.
►Research Tip: Quick access to the Full Text is great, but make sure to check out the Detailed Record that will provide you with information about the specific test!
You can get the Detailed Record (Master Test Record) by clicking on the linked Test Name.
Once the page opens, you will see a Detailed Record that will provide you with:
►Research Tip: On the Detailed Record page, if the full text is available, you will see a link on the left side of the page to access the full text PDF.
Permissions define what you legally can and cannot do with a test, if a copyright holder needs to be contacted, and how the test may be used.
There are 5 permission classifications in APA PsycTests:
1. May use for Research/Teaching
2. Contact Corresponding Author
3. Contact Publisher
4. Contact Publisher and Corresponding Author
5. Not Specified - Researchers should contact corresponding author and publisher in this instance.
The APA has stipulated* that the 'May use for Research/Teaching' does cover publication of research that uses a particular test. Examples of allowed use include:
Copyright permission from the copyright owner (author and/or publisher) must be confirmed if the test will be used for:
You may not imply or state the that test/instrument is your own original work. Permission must be obtained through the appropriate copyright owner or an appropriate citation must be used.
Permission information can be located in 2 locations in APA PsycTests.
1. In the Detailed Record. This location provides a short permission classification.
2. On the Cover Page of the full-text of the test. This location will provide researchers will an in-depth explanation regarding what the permission classification requirements are and what uses are allowed.
For further information regarding permissions and best practices for contacting authors and publishers see Research Instruments: Getting Permission.