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Finding Behavioral & Psychological Tests & Measurements: Resources to use

Online Databases to search

Database Search Guides

6 Strategies for Effective Searching (4 slides per page, PDF, Summer 2015)

6 Strategies for Effective Searching (PPTX, Summer 2015)

Guide for Search Ovid Medline

Ovid PsycINFO and Ovid Medline use many of the same rules when searching. Both have their own defined terms that should be used whenever possible (also known as a "controlled vocabulary". Both allow you to use "or", "and", "not" (a function of the interface--Ovid).

You do not want to search BOTH databases at the same time-- many of the terms found in PsycINFO are not in Medline and vice versa. But this guide provides basics to doing a search in Ovid-- a specific search engine-- so once you learn some of the "rules" or "syntax", you'll become an expert in no time!

CAVEATS

Testing instruments-- scales, questionnaires, inventories, etc.-- are typically copyrighted unless it is an instrument produced by the US government.  Consequently, it can be difficult, but not impossible, to find the full text of them.  Sometimes articles will have example questions-- How many cigarettes did you have in the past: 1 day___  1 week____   1 month ____   3 months ____

If you need to use a scale for a major project, you may have to buy it.  Using a copyrighted instrument without permission for a research project is a violation of Federal law.  Having said that, it most likely falls under Fair Use if it is used in an in-class project. 

Search Filters

For PsycINFO:

Below is a search filter for PsycINFO that you can add to your search to limit it to articles about tests and measurements.  A filter is a search strategy that has been developed to define certain criteria for your search.

Use this to find articles ABOUT tests and measurements: 
"content analysis (test)"/ or "difficulty level (test)"/ or "item analysis (test)"/ or "item content (test)"/ or "profiles (measurement)"/ or attitude measurement/ or body sway testing/ or comprehension tests/ or creativity measurement/ or criterion referenced tests/ or cultural test bias/ or digit span testing/ or employment tests/ or exp achievement measures/ or exp aptitude measures/ or exp attitude measures/ or exp intelligence measures/ or exp inventories/ or exp occupational interest measures/ or exp perceptual measures/ or exp personality measures/ or exp preference measures/ or exp psychiatric evaluation/ or exp psychological assessment/ or exp questionnaires/ or exp rating scales/ or exp reading measures/ or exp retention measures/ or group testing/ or individual testing/ or measurement/ or multidimensional scaling/ or needs assessment/ or pain measurement/ or performance tests/ or posttesting/ or pretesting/ or professional examinations/ or projective testing technique/ or psychometrics/ or response bias/ or test bias/ or test construction/ or test forms/ or test items/ or test reliability/ or test standardization/ or test validity/ or exp screening/ or exp screening tests/ or exp selection tests/ or sensorimotor measures/ or sociometric tests/ or "speech and hearing measures"/ or standardized tests/ or exp statistical measurement/ or subtests/ or exp surveys/ or symptom checklists/ or exp testing/ or verbal tests/ or "22".cc. or ((testing or test or questionnaire* or instrument* or survey* or measurement* or assessment* or scale or scales) and (validation or validity or reliability or internal consistency or psychometric*)).ti,ab,id.

Use this to locate instruments appended to an article or in a book: 
appended.ab. and ("content analysis (test)"/ or "difficulty level (test)"/ or "item analysis (test)"/ or "item content (test)"/ or "profiles (measurement)"/ or attitude measurement/ or body sway testing/ or comprehension tests/ or creativity measurement/ or criterion referenced tests/ or cultural test bias/ or digit span testing/ or employment tests/ or exp achievement measures/ or exp aptitude measures/ or exp attitude measures/ or exp intelligence measures/ or exp inventories/ or exp occupational interest measures/ or exp perceptual measures/ or exp personality measures/ or exp preference measures/ or exp psychiatric evaluation/ or exp psychological assessment/ or exp questionnaires/ or exp rating scales/ or exp reading measures/ or exp retention measures/ or group testing/ or individual testing/ or measurement/ or multidimensional scaling/ or needs assessment/ or pain measurement/ or performance tests/ or posttesting/ or pretesting/ or professional examinations/ or projective testing technique/ or psychometrics/ or response bias/ or test bias/ or test construction/ or test forms/ or test items/ or test reliability/ or test standardization/ or test validity/ or exp screening/ or exp screening tests/ or exp selection tests/ or sensorimotor measures/ or sociometric tests/ or "speech and hearing measures"/ or standardized tests/ or exp statistical measurement/ or subtests/ or exp surveys/ or symptom checklists/ or exp testing/ or verbal tests/ or "22".cc. or ((testing or test or questionnaire* or instrument* or survey* or measurement* or assessment* or scale or scales) and (validation or validity or reliability or internal consistency or psychometric*)).ti,ab,id.)

Subject Guide

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