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Information on questionnaires, tests, rating scales, and other measurements in nursing, health, and semantics. Also includes linguistics. Click on "start Ovid," then 'continue,' then select "Health and Psychosocial Instruments"
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
The four most popular, useful, and easy to locate printed references for published tests are TIP, MMY, Tests, and Test Critiques.
of Unpublished Experimental Measures is a good reference book for unpublished tests.
Go to Doheny Library, and ask for the books in the "test
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
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.