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Test Instruments and Measures: Core Tools

Compilations and search tools used to identify and locate copies of tests and measures used for assessment in the health sciences.

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Test Instrument Search Tools

Test instruments and measures are used by students, educators, researchers, and practitioners to assist in the assessment of people, conditions, or topics.

Online Collection of Tests

Test Reviews and How to Purchase

Find Articles About Test Development and Articles That Use Tests

Search Tip: 
Enter the name of a test or key words about a test.
Select IN Instrumentation from the Select a Field drop down menu.

Search Tip: 
Enter the name of a test or key words about a test.
Limit the search to Primary Source for articles about test development and validation. Some of these may contain sample questions or the full test.
Limit the search to Secondary Source for articles that used the test in a research study.

Search Tip:
Validation studies[publication type] AND (scale* OR instrument* OR assessment* OR measure* OR questionnaire* OR survey*) AND word for your topic
Validation studies[publication type] AND "name of a particular test in quotation marks

Health Literacy-Related Measures

Finding Instruments in PsycInfo

In PsycInfo, you can also search by the instrument name or topic by using the Tests & Measures feature in the drop down menu.

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Finding Instruments in CINAHL

In CINAHL, there are two ways you can search for instruments that have been used in studies.

If you know the name of the instrument, you can type the name in the search box and then select "Instrumentation" from the drop down menu before you search.

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If you know the topic of the instrument but don't have a specific name, you can search for words related to your topic.  In this case, the word has to appear in the name of the instrument.

Finding Copies of Instruments

Find Copies of Tests in Dissertation Abstracts and PsycInfo

Search Tip:
Search for the test name in the abstract.
Look at the full-text of the results. Check the Methods section for information about how the test was used. Check the Appendix for a copy of the test.

PsycInfo Search Tip:
Select the TM Tests & Measures field.
Enter a keyword for your topic to identify studies that used a test with that word in its name.
Enter the exact words of a test name to find studies that used that test.
Enter Appended in a second search box with TM selected to find articles that put the test in an appendix.

Search Google

Enter the full name of the test you have identified. If you find the test in full-text, be sure to contact the author for permission unless the web page clearly states the test is freely available.