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Educational and Psychological Tests and Measures: Finding Tests in Journal Articles

Finding Tests in Journal Articles

Finding Information About the Test in Journals Articles

You can use several library databases to find journal articles that describe experiments and the tests used to measure the variables. You can also search for articles that discuss the reliability, validity and bias of specific tests. These articles usually do not provide the actual test.

 

Finding the Actual Test in a Journal Article

You can search for unpublished tests in journal articles. Sometimes authors will include the test they used in the appendix of their article.

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Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

In HaPI there is a Limits box just under the search box. In the Limits you can select Primary Source or Secondary Source. 

Primary Source

  • When you select Primary Source you are searching for the primary article. In other words, you are searching for the original source in which test was published. The articles you find may contain a copy of the test.

 

Secondary Source

  • When you select Secondary Source you are searching for articles that use the test. The test was originally developed by another author, or for another study. Secondary articles usually do not include the actual test.

ERIC (at EBSCOhost)

Test Name Search

  • For general information on a specific test, type in the full name of the test. Put the test name in quotes to search the words as a phrase.
    • example: "iowa tests of basic skills"
  • If the test has an acronym you can search for the both the acronym and the title at the same time using the connecting term OR.
    • example: itbs OR "iowa tests of basic skills"

 

Descriptors

  • Use ERIC Descriptors to refine and focus the search. 
  • Add a Descriptor to the search using AND
    • example: (children's depression inventory) AND DE "Test Validity"
  • Use ERIC's thesaurus search to find Descriptors. The Thesaurus defines each term so you can find the one that best fits your topic. A few examples are listed below:
    • Test Reliability
    • Test Validity
    • Test Construction
    • Test Format
    • Construct Validity

 

Tests/Questionnaires Limiter

  • On the Advanced Search page, type in your search terms and then scoll down to Publication Type and select Tests/Questionnaires, then click on search.

PsychINFO and PsychArticles

The search tips below apply to both PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES. These databases look similar and work the same way but they are two separate databases with different content and it is worth searching both for articles on your topic.

 

Test Name Search

  • For general information on a specific test, type in the full name of the test. Put the test name in quotes to search the words as a phrase.
    • example: "minnesota multiphasic personality inventory"
  • If the test has an acronym you can search for the both the acronym and the title at the same time using the connecting term OR
    • example: mmpi OR "minnesota multiphasic personality inventory"

 

Tests & Measures Field

  • You can search the Tests & Measures field to find articles that use or discuss a test. This is a more focused search than the simple keyword search the database defaults to. 
  • You can search for the test name to find articles on that specific test or you can search for keywords if you are looking for a test on a topic. This is a good way to find articles about a test but you usually will not get the actual test.
  • To search the Tests & Measures Field
    • type your search terms in the box, either test name or keywords
    • click on the "Select a Field (Optional)" box and change it to "TM Tests & Measures"
    • click on search

 

Search for Appended Tests

  • Sometimes authors will include a test in their appendix. Use the keyword "append*" and the TM Tests & Measures field to search for articles with tests in the appendix. Add "append*" to your search with AND
    • example: mmpi AND append*
  • Be sure to change the "Select a Field (Optional)" to "TM Tests & Measures"
  • Be sure to include the astrix after append, this truncates the term

 

Descriptors

  • Use Descriptors to refine and focus the search. 
  • Add a Descriptor to the search using AND
    • example: (children's depression inventory) AND DE "Test Validity"
  • Use the Theasarus search to find Descriptors. The Thesaurus defines each term so you can find the one that best fits your topic. A few examples are listed below:
    • Test Reliability
    • Test Validity
    • Test Construction
    • Test Format
    • Construct Validity

 

Search Results with Appended Tests

  • After you search for "append*" in the TM Tests & Measures field take a look at your search results.
  • Click on an article title to see the full record. 
  • Scroll down in the article's record until you see the bold face Tests & Measures. Here you will find the Tests & Measures discussed  or used in the article. The tests that are included in the appendix will have [Appended] after the name.
    • example: Anxiety Sensitivity Index-III [Appended]

Sociological Abstracts

 

You can search for the test name to find articles on that specific test or you can search for keywords if you are looking for a test on a topic. This is a good way to find articles about a test but you usually will not get the actual test.

 

Test Name Search

  • For general information on a specific test, type in the full name of the test. Put the test name in parantheses to search the words as a phrase.
    • example: (minnesota multiphasic personality inventory)
  • If the test has an acronym you can search for the both the acronym and the title at the same time using the connecting term OR
    • example: mmpi OR (minnesota multiphasic personality inventory)
  • You can refine your search by adding terms with the Boolean connector AND.
    • example: intelligence test AND validity

 

Thesaurus

  • Use the Thesaurus to find terms related to your topic. Add these terms to with AND to refine and focus the search. 
    • example: personality AND Tests
  • A few example terms from the Thesaurus are listed below:
    • Attitude measures
    • Interviews
    • Interview schedules
    • Items (measures)
    • Mail surveys
    • Measures (instruments)
    • Personality measures
    • Questionnaires
    • Scales
    • Surveys
    • Tests

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

 

Test Name Search

  • For general information on a specific test, type in the full name of the test. Put the test name in parentheses to search the words as a phrase.
    • example: (minnesota multiphasic personality inventory)
  • If the test has an acronym you can search for the both the acronym and the title at the same time using the connecting term OR
    • example: mmpi OR (minnesota multiphasic personality inventory)
  • You can refine your search by adding terms with the Boolean connector AND.
    • example: (minnesota multiphasic personality inventory) AND validity

 

CINAHL Headings

  • Use CINAHL Headings to refine and focus the search. 
  • Add a CINAHL Heading to the search using AND
    • example: physical activity AND (MH "Questionnaires")
  • Use the CINAHL Heading search to find terms. Each term is defined so you can find the one that best fits your topic. A few examples are listed below:
    • Questionnaires
    • Psychological tests
    • Psychometrics
    • Process assessment (health care)
    • Outcome and process assessment (health care)
    • Aptitude tests
    • Language tests
    • Neuropsychological tests
    • Personality tests

 

Publication Type

  • Go to the Advanced Search screen and scroll down to the "Publication Type" box. Select Research Instrument. Search for the keywords or CINAHL Headings that relate to your subject. 
    • example: patient AND stress, limited to the Research Instrument "Publication Type"

 

MEDLINE with Full Text

 

Test Name Search

  • For general information on a specific test, type in the full name of the test. Put the test name in parantheses to search the words as a phrase.
    • example: (minnesota multiphasic personality inventory)
  • If the test has an acronym you can search for the both the acronym and the title at the same time using the connecting term OR
    • example: mmpi OR (minnesota multiphasic personality inventory)
  • You can refine your search by adding terms with the Boolean connector AND.
    • example: (minnesota multiphasic personality inventory) AND validity

 

MeSH Headings

  • Use MeSH Headings to refine and focus the search. 
  • Add a MeSH Heading to the search using AND
    • example: physical activity AND (MH "Questionnaires")
  • Use the MeSH 2014 search to find terms. Each term is defined so you can find the one that best fits your topic. A few examples are listed below:
    • Questionnaires
    • Psychological tests
    • Psychometrics
    • Process assessment (health care)
    • Outcome and process assessment (health care)
    • Aptitude tests
    • Language tests
    • Neuropsychological tests
    • Personality tests