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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Unpublished Tests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Locating unpublished tests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 PsycTESTS

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

Finding instruments PsycTESTS

The American Psychological Association PsycTESTS database indexes measurement or assessment instruments by name, text construct (topic or subject, essentially) and other factors. In addition, they focus on unpublished and non-commercial instruments and many are available directly through PsycTESTS. Usage rights and fees are also included in the test record, so it is possible to find an instrument that is available for free in PsycTESTS and licensed for educational or research use, for example.

Use the video below as a guide.

Finding Instruments in Dissertations

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