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Family Nurse Practitioner

Databases for Instruments

How do I search for instruments?

1. Search PsycTESTS and Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) to find instruments. These databases will help you identify useful instruments by name and link to studies/articles that have used the instrument. See videos on searching PsychTESTS and Health and Psychosocial  Instruments (HAPI) below. 

2. Search CINAHL Complete to find articles/studies ABOUT the use of research instruments on your topic. By locating articles about the use of instruments, you will be able to identify the names of instruments associated with your topic and learn about how these instruments are used in research studies. See video below on searching CINAHL for instruments. 

 

3. Search PsycINFO to find articles/studies ABOUT the use of research instruments on your topic. By locating articles about the use of instruments, you will be able to identify the names of instruments associated with your topic and learn about how these instruments are used in research studies. See video below. 

 

4. Search PubMed@USC and limit your results using the Article Types Validation Studies filter. See video below.

5. Conduct a search in any relevant database and locate research articles that are relevant to your topic. Read the methods section to see if an instrument was used in the study.

How do I find the original article?

1. Look in research articles/studies that discuss/use the instrument. These articles should cite the original article about the development of the instrument. Find the citation in the reference list and then conduct a search for the article. 

2. Search for the name of the instrument in PsycTESTS or Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI). These databases link to the original article. Keep in mind that not all instruments are indexed in PsycTESTS and HAPI. See videos on searching PsycTESTS and HAPI below. 

Still having trouble finding research instruments on your topic?

  1. Remember to try various search terms and synonyms!
  2. Use the same methods described above/demonstrated in the videos, but try a broad search for only the health condition (e.g. diabetes type 2). Then scroll through the results to get an idea of the types of research instruments available on your topic. Then choose your two variables based on the available/existing research instruments. 

For example: 

PsycTESTS

Health and Psychosocial Instruments

CINAHL Complete - Instruments

PsycINFO - Instruments

PubMed - Validation Studies

Mental Measurements Yearbook

eBook: Instruments for AP Nursing