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Finding Tests in Journal articles

Finding Tests in Journal Articles 



CINAHL Plus with Full Text

The IN Instrumentation field includes names of instruments used in research studies. To search for instruments, enter the most unique word or phrase in the instrument name. Enter topic word in the search box (e.g. coping, anxiety, depression). Visual instructions


Use for finding articles in journals or book chapters that use test measures. Easiest to begin searching using a keyword search and add the word "appended". Video tutorial (You Tube), Visual instructions

Web of Science

Can trace literature and find studies that employed specific tests/instruments. NOTE: Often, unpublished test or instruments must be obtained directly from the authors.

Dissertations & Theses Global 

Sometimes has instruments included with dissertation. For more resources on finding dissertations, check Theses & Dissertations research guide. Visual instructions


Helpful MESH headings for the concept of tests and measures include: questionnaires, psychological tests, psychometrics outcome, and process assessment. Database may be searched using keywords from the title of a particular instrument.

Medline (EBSCO)

Helpful MESH headings for the concept of tests and measures include: questionnaires, psychological tests, psychometrics outcome, and process assessment. Database may be searched using keywords from the title of a particular instrument.

Health Sciences Instruments

Health Sciences Instruments

APA PsycTests indexes a wide variety of test types and instruments including aptitude tests, personality scales, and cognitive functioning measures. UMD Libraries don't have access to this database. However, check the Health Sciences Libraries in the DC-MD-VA area to identify one that has access to it. For example, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library in Baltimore will welcome you to access the database in person. 

Assessment Center - A free, online data collection tool that also includes a library of instruments. From Northwestern University’s Department of Medical Social Sciences. 

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) - From AHRQ. Supplementary questions can be used to assess the quality of care based on levels of cultural competency and healthcare disparities.

Dental Caries in Children - A set of 19 measures from the Dental Quality Alliance of the American Dental Association. Part of the National Measures Clearinghouse.

Department of Health & Human Services Measure Inventory - A repository of measures currently being used by the agencies/sub-agencies of the U.S. DHHS for quality measurement, improvement, & reporting.

Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR) - From the National Library of Medicine. A free searchable catalog of research data sets, instruments, & software relevant to health services research, behavioral & social sciences, & public health. Records may include a links to a PubMed search.

International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) - Provides measures for reporting patient outcomes in a standardized way.

International Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Database - The International HTA Database provides free access to bibliographic information about ongoing and published health technology assessments commissioned or undertaken by HTA organizations from around the world. The database provides a single point of access to information that would otherwise be more difficult and time-consuming to search for on individual agency websites.

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) - Data on the specific health services that Americans use, how frequently they use them, the cost of these services, & how they are paid for, as well as data on the cost, scope, & breadth of health insurance held by & available to U.S. workers.

Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences (MIDSS) - The site is designed to be a repository for instruments that are used to collect data from across the social sciences. 

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse - From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ). This database & web site provide information on specific evidence-based health care quality measures & measure sets, including the new Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures. In addition, it now tags measure summaries corresponding to its Population Health Measure Domains. Search by topic, organization, or National Quality Strategy.

Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) - Contains measures domains related to physical health, mental health, & social health for both adults & children. From the NIH.

QualityTools is a clearinghouse for practical, ready-to-use tools for measuring and improving the quality of health care.

Rand Health - Includes Pediatric Asthma ScaleHospital Competition Measures, and others.

Surveys on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database Reports - Compare organizations' results to initial results from previous surveys. Use the left navigation bar to choose the organization type (Hospital, Medical Office, or Nursing Home) & select Comparative Database.

Toolkit For the Well Child Screening of Military Children - To help in the early identification of children coping with the unique, significant challenge of a parent's military deployment that can be integrated into primary care and pediatric practices.

USF Test and Measures Collection is a collaborative project of USF librarians. Indexed in this database are instruments, questionnaires, surveys, or tests that are contained in various books held within the USF Libraries.


Psychosocial Instruments

Psychosocial Instruments

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) - Search by topic & "measurement instruments".

American Psychological Association - Information on published unpublished psychological tests and measures. Includes FAQ page with information about where to find particular tests.

Buros Institute of Mental Measurements - Free version of some of the content of Mental Measurements Yearbook. If you find a review you need you can find it in Mental Measurements Yearbook online.

Decision Making Individual Differences Inventory (DMIDI) - Over 170 individual difference measures commonly used in judgment & decision-making research.

Educational Testing Service (ETS) Test Collection Database - An extensive library of 20,000 tests and other measurement devices from the early 1900's to the present. Tests are from a variety of U.S. publishers and individual test authors, plus some from Canada, Great Britain and Australia.

Mental Health Inventory: RAND Medical Outcomes Study - The 37 measures in the Mental Health Inventory are part of the 116 core measures of functioning and well-being from the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS), a two-year study of patients with chronic conditions.

Neuropsychology Central Assessment - A World Wide Web meta source for information devoted exclusively to the subject of Human Neuropsychology. Select "Links" to view the available assessment resources.

PsycTESTS - Provides descriptive information about psychological tests, including full text of thousands of tests. Database is produced by the APA.

RAND Health - Surveys & Tools - Surveys from RAND on topics such as Aging and Health, Mental Health, & Quality of Life.

Self-Report Measures - A collection of self report instruments from Charles S. Carver of the University of Miami Psychology Department. Includes the Spanish translations of these instruments.

Tests & Measures in the Social Sciences - Search this site by test author name, test title or keyword, or browse by the volume containing the tests.

CINAHL - Visual Instructions

PsycINFO - Visual Instructions

Dissertations & Theses Global