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Tests and Instruments in Library Databases

Use the USF article databases to find information on tests and measures. In some cases, the unpublished instruments will be appended to the articles.

ERIC (Education)

Finding Specific Tests and Measures in ERIC

ERIC can be used to find articles about specific instruments used in the field of education. Put the title of the instrument in quotation marks to search it as a phrase.

Finding specific instruments in ERIC

Finding Instruments by Topic in ERIC

On the Advanced Search page, select Tests/Questionnaires as the Publication Type. This option will limit your results to instruments related to your search terms. In some cases, the tests will be appended to the article.

Finding instruments by topic in ERIC

Finding Appended Instruments in ERIC

To limit to items with instruments attached, enter the term "appended" in the search box and select the abstract field (AB Abstract) from the drop down menu. Remember to also select Test/Questionnaires as the Publication Type on the Advanced Search screen.

Limiting to appended tests in ERIC

 

CINAHL (Health Sciences, Mental Health)

Finding Tests and Measures in CINAHL

(Adapted from University of Michigan Library)

Researchers often utilize tests, questionnaires, and other research instruments during their studies. You can find studies with instruments measuring many topics of physical and mental health in CINAHL. In many cases, the instruments used will be listed in the Instrumentation field.

To find studies that utilize tests, enter your topic or keywords in the top box. Type test* or measure* or survey* or questionnaire* or scale* in the second box, and change the drop-down to AB Abstract.

You can add additional keywords to the third box, or use other limiters, such as Age Group or Sex from the bottom portion of the Advanced Search screen. (To make your search more precise, use the CINAHL Headings to find the best subject terms, and search them using the SU Subjects dropdown.)

Finding tests in CINAHL

Click the title of any interesting article to see the full abstract and the list of tests used in the study.

Test info in CINAHL abstract

Finding Appended Instruments in CINAHL

To find studies in which the test instrument is included, type your keywords in one box. Type "questionnaire/scale" in one box, and change the dropdown to PT Publication Type. Click Search.

Appended instruments in CINAHL

 

PsycINFO (Psychology, Psychiatry)

Finding Tests and Measures in PsycINFO



Development and Validation of Tests

(Adapted from University of Michigan Library)

PsycINFO includes many thousands of articles reporting on the development and validation of tests and measurement instruments. These articles are given four-digit Classification Codes starting with 222 (e.g., 2220=Tests & Testing; 2223=Personality Scales & Inventories). If you limit your search to articles with that classification, the resulting articles will focus on the tests themselves (rather than a particular research study).

To find articles describing test in development, or validation studies, enter your topic or keywords in the top box. Type 22* in the second box, and change the drop-down to CC Classification Code. You can use other limiters, such as Age Group or Population Group from the bottom portion of the Advanced Search screen. (To make your search more precise, use the PsycINFO Thesaurus to find the best subject terms, and search them using the SU Subjects dropdown.)

Finding test validity in PsycInfo