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Strategies for Finding Research Instruments: Research Assistance

A guide to help identify and locate the full-text [entire document] of research instruments (e.g. surveys, questionnaires, tests, assessments, and other measures).

Tests and Measures (1 hour, 3 minutes, from Psi Chi and APA)

Finding Materials on Instruments

For other materials on psychological test, surveys, and measures, search the Libraries' catalog - some suggested terms are:

  • psychological tests
  • educational tests
  • occupational aptitude tests
  • research -- methodology

For Research Assistance, Contact Your Subject Librarian

We can help you get started in identifying relevant surveys and in finding the full-text.  

  • Education: Sean Kennedy, 330-972-8581,
  • Nursing/Allied Health/Biology/Sports Science and Wellness Education: Marilia Antúnez, 330-972-6262,
  • Psychology/Counseling/Sociology: Lori Fielding, 330-972-2318,
  • Social Work: Mike Tosko, 330-972-2648,

To contact other professional librarians or for immediate assistance, please call 330-972-5355 (Bierce Library) or 330-972-8323 (Science and Technology Library).  We can be reached online, or to request an appointment, please go to this form.

Availability of Published (Commercial) vs. Unpublished Instruments

Availability of psychological tests and measures depends on whether they are published or unpublished, as defined below:

Published tests are commercially available for purchase. These measurement instruments have established validity, reliability and norms and typically come with test manuals and testing protocols. In many cases only qualified or professionally trained individuals can purchase copies.

Unpublished tests are found in the scholarly literature, usually in psychology, and have typically been developed by university researchers or other professionals, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations. Copies of these tests may sometimes be found as appendices to journal articles, dissertations, books and other research reports. While access to these tests is not restricted, ethical conduct requires that these tests should be used only with the permission of the instrument's author.