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One of the most striking features of PsycTESTS is that you can easily find the instruments themselves in the database.
But, a researcher who wants to re-use part or all of an existing test will first want to determine the reliability and validity of that test.
Reliability and validity information is usually included in articles about a test's development
as well as in articles about the later review of or use of that test.
In this tutorial, I'll demonstrate how to find this information.
Here I have searched the PsycTESTS database for research about bullying.
The first result is a test from 2012.
Clicking the test name brings us to the Test Master Profile,
a page that shows a summary of the test and some other bibliographic information as well as a link to the test itself.
But these items don't tell us about the reliability or validity of the test.
The reliability and validity information can be found in the child records,
which are included for research about the test development, review, or use.
For this test, one test development record is available.
The test development record provides information about the test that was found in the original article in which the test was developed.
By opening the test development record, we now see much more information about the test.
Reliability and validity information, verbatim from the article, appear here.
This is not the same as the PsycINFO record.
PsycTESTS records have fields that are unique to tests and measures, such as reliability, validity, permissions, etc.
However, the PsycINFO record for the article is available at the top right of the screen.
Now let's go back to my search results and look at a different test.
Here again, the test itself is available, and there are two child records: a Test Use and a Test Review record.
Test review records give information from articles where researchers reviewed the test.
Test use records give information from articles where researchers used the test.
Each gives information about the test, including reliability and validity, as it appeared in the original articles.
For more about PsycTESTS and search tips and strategies, please see our YouTube channel or the APA website. Thank you.