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Measurement Tools/Research Instruments

Tips on how to find information about research instruments such as questionnaires.

Quick Tips for Finding Measurement Tools

To Locate the Full-Text of an Instrument:


Best Bet: Try searching ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: Full Text . Dissertations sometimes contain the instrument used, often in an appendix. If you are unable to find the instrument in this database, proceed to the next step. If you find the instrument in this database and wish to use it in your research, you must obtain permission, where applicable, to use the instrument.


- For commercially published tests,


  • Verify test name in ETS Test Link or Tests in Print (TIP). You may find availability information in here also.
  • Locate the test publisher if searching for a commercially available test to purchase. Directories of test publisher addresses appear in standard measurement works, such as Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY), TIP, or also in publishers’ catalogs. Or, try Google for publisher information.


- For unpublished tests,



To Find an Instrument to Measure a Variable:


  • Identify the variable you would like to measure, such as depression, quality of life, etc.
  • Use a standard source such as PsycTESTS , ETS Test Link (search by descriptor), TIP, or search the research literature, such as CINAHL , ERIC PubMed, PsycINFO , Sociological Abstracts, using special search fields to find studies that have used instruments to measure a variable.
  • Look at standard test reviews to insure appropriate use and coverage.


To Find a Review of an Instrument:



For more Detailed Help:

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