- PsycINFO - Key database for psychology. Occasionally, the full measure is included with an article as a an appendix.
Tip: Use the name, or part of the name in the search box, and limit to “tests and measures” (or type the suffix .tm.)
- HaPI (Health & Psychosocial Instruments) - 1985-present, with many earlier measures. “Source” is often publisher contact information rather than a journal or book citation.
Tip: Limit to Primary Source to get only articles containing the measure or discussing its development
depressi*, limit to "Primary Source"
- CINAHL - Offers extensive coverage of the nursing and allied health disciplines.
Tip: For searching the reliability or validity of an assessment tool.
Use one or more of the following Subject Headings, and combine using AND with the name of the assessment tool:
Occupational therapy assessment/
Physical therapy assessment/
- MEDLINE - Contains journal citations and abstracts for biomedical literature from around the world.
MEDLINE on Ovid:
Tip: Use the name of the instrument in combination with one or more of the MeSH terms below.
Reproducibility of results/
Or, cut and paste the following search string and combine (using AND) with the name of the instrument.
(reliability or reproducib* or inter rate or interrater or valid* or test retest or predictive or psychometric*).mp.
hads.tw. AND Observer variation/
- Mental Measurements Yearbook - Includes information about tests, how to purchase, a complete description, and references to reviews of the test.
- Health Services and Sciences Research Resources - Database designed for health care researchers and health sciences librarians seeking data resources used in health services research, the behavioral and social sciences and public health.
Tip: Search words from the name of the measure and select "Search Instruments/Indices only"
- ERIC - Online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
Tip: Search words from the name of the measure with the term "test validity" and choose "Descriptor" from the drop-down menu.