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Tests and Measures

Getting Started with Unpublished Tests

An unpublished test refers to a test not available for commercial purchase. Finding and using an unpublished test that suits your needs in pre-existing literature can help save time and materials when doing research. 

One way to find tests is in the journal literature. You can search for those using one of the databases below.

PsycINFO

Line 1: Type keywords related to your topic.

Line 2: Type the word "appended" and select "TM Tests & Measures" from the dropdown menu.

A PsycINFO search for

You should find the appended tests on each item record's "Tests & Measures" section. 

An item record for an article with

See this tutorial on searching for tests and measures provided by the American Psychological Association.

CINAHL

For the following methods, the instrument may or may not be attached to your result.

Method 1:

Line 1: type keywords related to your topic and choose "IN Instrumentation" from the menu.

This method can be used if you already know the instrument you are searching for, such as "Patient health questionnaire."

A search for

Or, you can search for a broader keyword, such as "health", and find many different instruments.

A search for the keyword

Method 2:

Line 1: Type keywords related to your topic.

Line 2: Type "questionnaire/scale" and choose "PT Publication Type" from the dropdown menu.

A search for the keyword

Some keywords that can help you find research instruments include: Research Instruments, Research Measurement, Questionnaire, Survey, Screening, Survey Research, Evaluation, Scale.

ERIC

Method 1:

Line 1: Type keywords related to your topic.

Line 2: Type "tests/questionnaires" and choose "PU Publication Type" from the dropdown menu.

A search for the keyword

Method 2:

Line 1: Type keywords related to your topic.

Line 2: Type "(test* or measure* or questionnaire* or scale* or survey* or assessment*) and appended" and choose "AB Abstract" from the dropdown menu.

A search for the keyword

This method was provided by Rutgers University Libraries.

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