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Tests & Measurements: Browse by Topic

This guide is intended to introduce users to the basic procedures and sources available to locate psychological tests and measures.

Step 1: Find a subject or topic of research



Talk to your instructors, talk your classmates, do a literature review and find something interesting.

Your subject needs to be specific, i.e. to measure depression in adults, or to assess a client’s psychosocial adjustment to illness.

Database Sources: Tests & Measurements

Step 2: Find a citation

Here are four methods to find a citation according to your topic of interest. When you have the citation, you can locate the specific test.
(See Find the Specific (Known) Test.)

Method One: literature review
While you are reading the articles in your literature review, highlight ANY test titles, its authors and any citations about any test that you see.

Method Two: Reference books / indexes

Go to Doheny Library, and ask for the books in the "test area."

Method Three: Use Internet

  • Use Google to search for test names. Use quotation marks for the main subject. Use the "+" symbol right next to a word to include it.
    Examples: “domestic violence” +scale; "domestic violence" +instrument; “domestic violence” +questionnaire

Method Four: Use library databases

  • PsycINFO
    Using keywords to denote your interest areas, you can use the database to find citations for articles in your interest area.
    For articles that appear relevant, use the citation to locate the study within the literature.
    For PsycInfo ALWAYS use the Advanced search option. Contact Felicia Palsson if you need help.
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) via OVID
    You will not get the actual scale, but you may get references to books or journal articles which contain the scale or information about it. Many measures created or modified for specific studies appear in journals, but never become commercially available. This computerized database (formerly known as the Health Instrument File) publicizes their existence and allows researchers and students to benefit from past work and avoid re-creating existing instruments. One particularly useful feature is that reliability and validity can be used as keywords to access instruments with tested psychometric properties. You could, for instance, search for all instruments in your area with demonstrated test-retest reliability, construct validity, or both.