Sources used to locate, evaluate and purchase tests.
Tests must be purchased from the publisher or author if not freely available. Permission must always be obtained from the copyright holder.
Last Updated: May 28, 2013
Use these databases to search for information on both published and unpublished research instruments, find articles that discuss a particular instrument, or obtain the full-text test where available.
In CINAHL click on CINAHL Headings in the blue bar at the top of the search screen. Type "research instruments" into the search box. There you will find more specific headings. You may also select "instruments by name" or "instrument by type."
- TestLink: World's Largest Test Collection Database
Contains more than 25,000 tests and measurements from the 1900s to the present.
Provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessment tools. Focuses primarily on unpublished tests, and those developed by researchers but not commercially available.
- Dissertations and Theses @ Duke University
A ProQuest database that allows access to Duke University doctoral dissertations by Duke University users; some full-text available. Master's theses written at Duke University are not represented in this database. Use this database to access unpublished research instruments.
Contains information on the psychological aspect of disciplines such as medicine, nursing, psychiatry, sociology, pharmcology, educaiton and others. Browse the PsycINFO Thesaurus for search terms then limit results by selecting Classification Code 2220 for "tests & testing."
Corresponds to the Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE) [journal literature], and Resources in Education (RIE) [report literature]. Use the ERIC Thesaurus to browse for tests, individual measures, scales, surveys, questionnaires, etc.
- Google Scholar
Search for the name of the instrument to find articles that discuss it and that may have the instrument attached to the article full text.
Useful if looking for articles that discuss the use of certain measurement instruments. Search by topic or by MeSH term and combine with MeSH terms such as "Questionnaires""[Mesh] or "Psychological Tests"[Mesh] or "Reproducibility of Results"[MeSH].
Click on Library to see a instruments and measures. Full text is included. Examples include Autism Parenting Stress Index, Agitated Behavior Scale.
A joint project of the Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, the Library and Reference Services Division of the Educational Testing Service, the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the Univ of Nebraska in Lincoln, the Region III Comprehensive Center at GW University, and Pro-Ed test publishers.
Many instruments are proprietary and are only available via purchase.
Libraries typically do not own collections of instruments, and therefore the instrument must be purchased directly from the publisher or copyright holder.
Some, but not all, journal articles make the full text of the instrument available as an appendix.