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Tests and Measures Guide — Tests in Journal Articles

A guide to finding psychological tests and measures.

Databases that contain Tests

Databases are a good resource for finding research articles that have used test instruments.

See the tabs for instructions on using CINAHL, ERIC, PsycINFO, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, and Test Link.

Be aware that test items may or may not be included in an article.

Unfortunately, due to the continued strain on the state budget, the license to HAPI (Health & Psychosocial Instruments) was not renewed.

Search Strategies to Find Tests in Databases

CINAHL Plus with Full Text 1981+

To search:

  • In the search box, type your subject (ex. job satisfaction).
  • Select Instrumentation from the Select a Field drop-down menu.

ERIC via EBSCOhost 1966+

To Search: 

  • Type your subject (ex. test anxiety).
  • From the Limit your results section, select Tests/Questionnaires in the Publication Type menu.

ProQuest Dissertation & Theses

Advanced Search:

  • In the first search box, enter your subject (ex. maternal depression). Set the drop-down menu to Abstract-AB.
  • In the second search box type questionnaire or test or instrument. Leave the drop-down menu set to Anywhere


To search by subject:

  • In the first row of search boxes, type appended and select TM Tests & Measures from the drop-down menu
  • In the next row, type your subject (ex. personality) and select KW Keywords or SU Subjects from the drop-down menu

To search by test name:

  • In the search box, type the test name (ex. Types of Intuition Scale)
  • Select TM Tests & Measures from the drop-down menu

Searching PsycINFO's Tests & Measures Field video created by the American Psychological Association.

Test Link

To search:

  • Type your topic and TIM in the Basic search box to search for a test in the Tests in Microfiche collection (ex. TIM AND "abstract reasoning").
  • Once you have identified a test in TestLink, make a note of the call number (ex. TC009864). You can then get the test in the Tests in Microfiche Collection at Babbidge Library.