The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association lists the following guidelines for referencing psychological tests and measures (see pp. 28-30 of the electronic references style guide for more examples):
Rightsholder, A. A. (year). Title of Software or Program (Version number) [Description of form]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx
Friedlander, M. L., Escudero, V., & Heatherington, L. (2002). E-SOFTA: System for observing family therapy alliances [Software and training videos]. Unpublished instrument. Retrieved from http://www.softa-soatif.com/
Author, A. A. (year). Title of Test or Inventory [Measurement instrument]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx
Nosek, B., Banaki., M., & Greenwald, T. (n.d.). Gender-Science IAT [Measurement instrument]. Retrieved from https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/demo/
Author, A. A. (year). Name of Test or Inventory [Database record]. Retrieved from Database Name. http://dx.doi.org/xxxxx
Yu, C. K.-C. (2008). Dream Intensity Inventory [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/t54321-001
When citing tests or measures in the body of your paper, write names exactly as they appear in your references and make sure to capitalize test names. Words such as survey, instrument, quiz, etc. should only be capitalized if they are part of test names.
“In this study, we used Purring’s (2012) Charisma and Tenacity Survey (CATS) rather than Barks and Howls’s (2013) Directions of Generosity survey.”
McAdoo, T. (2014, February 20). How to cite a psychological test in APA style. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2014/02/how-to-cite-a-psychological-test-in-apa-style.html
Here are some things to keep in mind when referencing psychological software, tests, and measures:
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