Tests, Measurement Tools & Research Instruments

This guide provides information on how to find information about research instruments such as surveys.

Getting Started

Published tests or measurements are available for purchase from the test’s publisher. Certification or permission from the publisher and/or author(s) may be required to administer these tests.

Unpublished tests or measurements are not available commercially but may be included in articles, studies, and dissertations. These tests are also under copyright and you should obtain permission from the author(s) to use their test.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with the policies and guidelines of Northwest University’s Institutional Review Board. Always consult with your professor about the design of your research project before you carry it out.

  • Finding the Full Text of an Instrument
    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

    Theses and dissertations sometimes contain the full-text of the research instrument used, often in an appendix.

    PsycINFO

    Search for articles in psychology and related fields that include the actual test/instrument used.

    1. Use Advanced Search.
    2. Enter the name of the test into the first search box.
    3. Enter < appended > into the second search box. Change the search option to TM Tests & Measures using the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
    4. If you would like to limit your results to articles we have in full-text online, check the box under Linked Full Text. If you do NOT check the box, your results will include articles that we can obtain through interlibrary loan (ILL).
    CINAHL

    Search for articles in nursing and allied health, including mental health, that include partial or full examples of the actual test/instrument used.

    1. Use Advanced Search.
    2. Enter the name of the test into the first search box.
    3. Enter < questionnaire/scale > into the second search box. Change the search option to PT Publication Type using the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
    4. If you would like to limit your results to articles we have in full-text online, check the box under Full Text. If you do NOT check the box, your results will include articles that we can obtain through interlibrary loan (ILL).
    ERIC

    Search for articles in education and related fields that include the actual test/instrument used.

    1. Use Basic Search.
    2. Enter the name of the test into the search box.
    3. Click the Search Options link underneath the search box. Under Publication Type, select Tests/Questionnaires.
    4. If you would like to limit your results to articles we have in full-text online, check the box under Full Text. If you do NOT check the box, your results will include articles that we can obtain through interlibrary loan (ILL).
  • Finding an Instrument to Measure a Variable

    If you have a variable that you would like to measure, such as depression or reading comprehension, you can use these resources to select an appropriate research instrument.

    Tests In Print VII

    Tests In Print VII

    The most comprehensive index to commercially available tests published in English, this volume contains information on more than four thousand testing instruments.

    Available in print (BF 431 .B933 2006  – General Collection)

     

     

     

    PsycINFO

    Search for articles in psychology and related fields that use or describe a test/instrument for your topic.

    1. Use Advanced Search.
    2. Enter keywords for your topic/variable into the first search box. Change the search option to TM Tests & Measures using the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
    3. If you would like to limit your results to articles we have in full-text online, check the box under Linked Full Text. If you do NOT check the box, your results will include articles that we can obtain through interlibrary loan (ILL).
    4. You may use other limiters such as Age Groups or Population Group. Hold down the CTRL button when selecting more than one option.
    CINAHL

    Search for articles in nursing and allied health, including mental health, that use or describe a test/instrument for your topic.

    1. Use Advanced Search.
    2. Enter keywords for your topic/variable into the first search box.
    3. Enter < questionnaires OR scales > into the second search box. Change the search option to MH Exact Subject Heading using the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
    4. If you would like to limit your results to articles we have in full-text online, check the box under Full Text. If you do NOT check the box, your results will include articles that we can obtain through interlibrary loan (ILL).
    5. You may use other limiters such as Sex or Age Groups. Hold down the CTRL button when selecting more than one option.
    ERIC

    Search for articles in education and related fields that include the actual test/instrument used.

    1. Use Advanced Search.
    2. Enter keywords for your topic/variable into the first search box.
    3. Enter < tests/questionnaires > into the second search box. Change the search option to PU Publication Type using the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
    4. If you would like to limit your results to articles we have in full-text online, check the box under Full Text. If you do NOT check the box, your results will include articles that we can obtain through interlibrary loan (ILL).
    5. You may use other limiters such as Educational Level. Hold down the CTRL button when selecting more than one option.
  • Finding a Review of an Instrument
    Mental Measurements Yearbook

    MMY 17th ed.Available in print (BF431 .B932 – General Collection)

    The Mental Measurements Yearbook series contains information about testing instruments within areas such as psychology, education, business, and leadership. All MMY entries contain descriptive information (e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing) and edited review(s) written by leading content area experts. To be included in the MMY, a test must be commercially available, published in the English language, and be new or revised since it last appeared in the series.

    The contents of each volume of the Mental Measurements Yearbook is unique — i.e., reviews that appear in the 9th edition do not appear in the 10th edition, and vice versa.

    If you do not know which edition of the Mental Measurements Yearbook you need, consult Tests reviewed in The Mental Measurements Yearbook series, from the 9th edition (1985) to the present or Tests in Print (BF 431 .B933 2006  – General Collection).

    PsycINFO

    Search for reviews of testing instruments in psychology and related fields.

    1. Use Advanced Search.
    2. Enter < reliability OR validity > into the first search box.
    3. Enter the name of the test into the second search box. Change the search option to TM Tests & Measures using the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
    4. If you would like to limit your results to articles we have in full-text online, check the box under Linked Full Text. If you do NOT check the box, your results will include articles that we can obtain through interlibrary loan (ILL).
    CINAHL

    Search for reviews of testing instruments in nursing and allied health, including mental health.

    1. Use Advanced Search.
    2. Enter < reliability OR validity > into the first search box.
    3. Enter the name of the test into the second search box. Change the search option to IN Instrumentation using the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
    4. If you would like to limit your results to articles we have in full-text online, check the box under Full Text. If you do NOT check the box, your results will include articles that we can obtain through interlibrary loan (ILL).
    ERIC

    Search for reviews of testing instruments in education and related fields.

    1. Use Advanced Search.
    2. Enter < reliability OR validity > into the first search box. Change the search option to SU Descriptors using the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
    3. Enter the name of the test into the second search box.
    4. If you would like to limit your results to articles we have in full-text online, check the box under Full Text. If you do NOT check the box, your results will include articles that we can obtain through interlibrary loan (ILL).

Adapted from research guides by the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Penn State Harrisburg Library, and University of Michigan Library.