Test Instruments

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.

Finding Tests

Finding research instruments and tests can be a difficult task. The purpose of this guide is to help make that task easier by providing information about where and how to find tests.

Databases:  Search for information on published & unpublished instruments, find articles about instruments, get full-text instrument when available.

Web Resources:  Links to tests for specific health care groups, freely available tests, and tests that have been translated into other languages.

Print ResourcesLocate named instruments, instruments by type, test publishers, and where to purchase test evaluations and critiques.

Duke Instruments:  A list of some well-known surveys, scales and other measures developed at Duke University Medical Center.

Searching Help:  Additional information about searching for and finding tests.

Getting Full-Text Tests

Many instruments are proprietary and are only available via purchase.

Libraries typically do not own collections of instruments.

An 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.