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Psychological Assessment: Identifying Books

Use Books/Media (Library catalog) to Find Books

To identify and locate books and other Library resources about psychological assessment, use the Books/Media tab located on the Rod Library Web page. To ensure that you use appropriate subject terms when you search for books, use the Library of Congress Subject Headings thesaurus which is accessible electronically through the Classification Web (choose the LC Subject Headings option) or in the printed Library of Congress Subject Headings volumes located at Rod Library Reference Collection Z 695 L696. Sample headings include:

  • Behavioral assessment
  • Intelligence tests
  • Neuropsychological tests
  • Personality assessment
  • Personality tests
  • Projective techniques
  • Psychodiagnostics
  • Psychological tests
  • Psychometrics
  • Test bias

A Keyword search allows you to search for specific words in the catalog record and broadens your search.

Searching by test title:

To find books about specific tests when you know the test title, you will retrieve the most comprehensive results by doing a Keyword search typing only the most significant words from the test name and without indicating the specific test edition. That is, a Keyword search using Myers Briggs will retrieve more results than doing a Subject search using Myers Briggs Type Indicator. If a test is known by an acronym, try a Keyword search OR-ing the acronym with the significant test title words. For example, type  Myers Briggs OR MBTI.

Searching by psychological trait:

To find books about tests assessing particular psychological traits, characteristics, or states try a Keyword search in Books/Media and combine the trait with the phrase testing OR diagnosis. For example, ability AND (testing OR diagnosis), depression AND (testing OR diagnosis), or eating disorders AND (testing OR diagnosis).  You could also OR-in assessment or similar testing terms.

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