Answered By: Linda Kern Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016 Views: 118
It's very important to justify the choice of the assessment you use for your research study. The first place to look for evaluative information on an English-language, commercially published assessment is Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY), which contains reviews on over 2,700 contemporary testing instruments within areas such as psychology, education, business, and leadership.
MMY is searchable by the name of the assessment, its acronym, its publisher, the authors' names, the constructs it scores, and the subject classification of the test.
If you don't find reviews of the instrument in MMY, the next solution is to visit the larger databases you search for other information needs, such as PsycINFO, Academic Search Complete, or ERIC. These can also be accessed through the LibGuides linked above. Search the name of the assessment, in quotes. For example, search "Devereux Student Strengths Assessment". The results will hopefully include include validity studies of the instrument. At the least, the results should include studies that used the instrument in question. The references of these studies can be mined for relevant validity studies.
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