This is the first post in a series for anyone wanting to
become familiar with PsycTESTS. Today we’ll cover what you’ll find in PsycTESTS,
how to begin your search for a test, and resources to learn more about
searching PsycTESTS. Future posts will cover how you can use a test that you
find, and tips for navigating the platform.
Are you looking for a test to use in your research, or
planning to develop your own? We have a database that can help!
provides detailed information about the use of thousands of tests, scales, and
measures reported in the behavioral sciences literature. Designed to connect
researchers, students, educators, librarians, and practitioners with assessment
tools, PsycTESTS is an ideal starting point for a new research project, helping
you to avoid “reinventing the wheel” as you’re considering your metrics.
The award is intended to help offset conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS or MLIS degree. One cash award is distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis.
At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.
Tutorial Thursday! In this series, we explore APA’s library of video tutorials
available on the APA Publishing Training YouTube channel. Please feel free to link to or embed our
videos in your library websites or LibGuides, course management systems, or
other locations where students, faculty, and researchers will find them.
PsycTESTS can help you find an existing test that you can reuse in your own research. In doing so, you may want to evaluate the psychometric data that were reported by the original test developer.
Psychometrics is the branch of psychology that studies the quantification and measurement of mental attributes, behavior, and performance, as well as the design, analysis, and improvement of the tests and other instruments used in such measurement.
You will find three types of psychometrics included in a PsycTESTS record, when the information is provided by the original author and publisher of the test.
Reliability describes the consistency of scores across contexts (e.g., different times, items, or raters), and provides an estimate of the amount of score variance that is due to true variance between subjects rather than to error.
Validityis the degree to which a test or instrument is capable of measuring the stated construct, rather than some other trait or concept.
Factor Analysis is a broad family of mathematical procedures that reduce a set of interrelations among stated factors to a smaller set of unobserved latent factors.
HyunSeung Koh, PhD of the University of Northern Iowa received the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award in the spring of 2019. She used the award to defray the cost of attendance at the International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries (LibPMC) annual conference in Aberystwyth, Wales in July. In support of her research involving the first year experience of international students, APA was pleased to help HyunSeung pursue this especially valuable opportunity for professional development, networking, and serving the field of librarianship.
Patti Avellanet of the Customer Engagement team for APA Publishing recently talked with HyunSeung about her conference experience. The following transcript of their conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and context.
Patti: Hi, HyunSeung! We’re pleased that we were able to support your conference travel this past summer. What is your overall impression of the International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries (LibPMC)?
HyunSeung: It’s small but mighty! With 121 attendees from 21 countries, it included a wide range of current and key topics in relation to library assessment. It was also a great venue for obtaining useful and practical insights from presenters with diverse cultural backgrounds, including non-American cultures.