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Survey Instruments and Methodology: A Guide: Basics

How to find questionnaires, surveys, measurement and testing instruments for research.

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FAQ - Finding Information About a Test

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This guide will help you locate information about tests and how to find the tests themselves. Generally, commercially available instruments must be purchased from publishers. Tests that are not commercially available may be found in books, journal articles, printed reports, or may be available from the author.  Students may wish to speak with their advisor as they or the research group with which they are affiliated may have a copy of a test. In some cases, publishers will provide copies of tests for research purposes. This generally involves writing a letter to them explaining the purpose of your inquiry. An address for a test publisher can be found in a variety of references, such as: Mental Measurements Yearbook (online version).  In some cases, the only way to procure a test is to contact the author of the instrument.

Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences: Tests available in compilation volume - This resource indexes tests available in test compilation volumes (books and other items indexing tests). The test itself or just test information may be available depending on the resource. The site was developed by Helen Hough, Health Sciences Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington.

HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources)

Information about research datasets and instruments/indices employed in Health Services Research, Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health with links to PubMed.

Minnesota Population Center (MPC)

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The MPC is a developer of demographic data resources.  MPC data is available free over the internet.

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