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Tests and Measurement Instruments: Finding Instruments in Articles

Guide to finding measurement instruments. Designed for Social Work students but applicable to Psychology, Social Sciences and helping professions.

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Appended Instruments

Databases that might include appended test instruments.

How do I get the actual instrument?

Unpublished Tests

Some test instruments are included in the books, journal articles or online rather than published on their own. Unless otherwise noted, all test instruments are copyrighted and permission should be sought from the copyright-holder (usually the person who developed the test) before they are used.

Locating unpublished tests

  • Try looking for tests appended to articles in PsycINFO. See information in the Finding Instruments in Articles tab.
  • Try searching for words like "appended" in abstracts to articles when searching other relevant databases for articles on your test. The idea is to find phrases like "Test included" or "instrument appended to article".
  • Some researchers post their test instruments on personal or departmental web-pages or in their university's institutional repository. Sometimes these can be located through http://scholar.google.com.
  • There are a few websites indexing tests, but the test might be "lifestyle magazine" types of tests and not suitable for academic research. I've listed one site I like below. Please share if you know of others.

Of course, you can always ask me or one of the other helpful UI librarians.

Instruments in PsycInfo

Some unpbulished psychological tests and measurement instruments are available online through the PsycInfo database. Here are some tips for finding them.

Finding instruments in articles

The American Psychological Association indexes the names of instruments in PsycInfo's Tests & Measurements field. In addition, since 2004 they have used the word "appended" to indicate when an article includes the actual instrument. Even if you do not know the name to test you want, it's possible to search for online instruments simply by searching the Test & Measurements field for the word "appended". For example, you could search for articles about depression on one row of the search box and "appended" in the Tests & Measurements field in the second row to get articles about depression that have testing instruments included with them.

You could also try looking for the name of the test and "appended" in general (any field) searches.

Use the video below as a guide.

Finding Instruments in PsycInfo

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