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Databases for Finding Research Instruments

How do I search for instruments?

1. Search PsycTESTS and Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) to find instruments. These database will link you to the original article that outlines the development, validity, and reliability of an instrument.

2. Search CINAHL Complete to find articles/studies ABOUT the use of research instruments on your topic. 

  1. Look at the Methods section of the article to see what instruments the researchers used.
  2. Find the in-text and reference citation for the original article that outlines the development, validity, and reliability of the instrument.
  3. Search for the title of the original article in a database, like PubMed, CINAHL, or Google Scholar to find the original article. 

 

3. Search PsycINFO to find articles/studies ABOUT the use of research instruments on your topic.  See steps 1-3 above. 

 

4. Search PubMed@USC and limit your results using the Article Types Validation Studies filter. See steps 1-3 above. 

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. See steps 1-3 above. 

How do I find the original article?

1. Look in research articles/studies that 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. 

Video Tutorials for Finding Research Instruments