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Quantitative research often involves administering a questionnaire, survey, etc. with numeric measures. Obtaining these types of research instruments, also called "tests," can be complicated and their availability varies.
- Published/Commercial tests often charge for their use. Some require users to have specific licenses or credentials to access them. For these type of tests, you may only be able to find test reviews or studies that cite them.
- Unpublished/Noncommercial tests are often more accessible and do not charge for their use. These tests may be located within books, journal articles, or dissertations.
- Tips and places to search for tests are listed below. If you need more help, please contact us.
Searching for Tests Using APA PsycTESTS
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Search for ready-to-use tests and measures relevant to psychology and related fields such as education, communication, medicine, business, and more. Tests are provided (when available) along with reliability and validity data.
Searching for Tests using ProQuest Dissertations
Dissertations can be a gold mine for locating sample surveys and instruments, since the dissertation often includes a copy of the test or survey that was used during the dissertation research as an appendix. To locate dissertations, search:
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Search dissertations and theses from around the world from 1743-present. Includes over 1 million full text dissertations (particularly 1997-present). Dissertations not available online may be requested via interlibrary loan (UP ILLiad
). See the Dissertations
guide for more options for accessing freely available online dissertations.
Tips for ProQuest Dissertations
For a quick overview of the dissertation's topic (and insight into the author's research methods), view the Abstract/Details. Choose Download PDF to see the full dissertation.
Survey instruments are usually included in the appendices at the end of the dissertation.
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