APA PsycInfo is the major database for the literature of psychology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, including nursing and education.
To find instruments about your research topic, use keywords about it in one or more of the search boxes. In the final box, try using this string of words: test* OR measure* OR survey* OR questionnaire* OR scale* OR batter* OR inventor* OR checklist* OR instrument* OR pretest* OR posttest* OR interview*. In the drop-down menu next to that search box, choose AB Abstract to search only the Abstract field.
When you view a record in APA PsycInfo, look at the Tests & Measures field to see the titles of instruments used or mentioned in that source.
An instrument name with the notation [appended] after it indicates that some or all of the instrument itself is included in the publication.
If you know the specific name of your instrument, put it in quotation marks in the search box, then choose TM Tests & Measures from the drop-down menu beside the search box. That will force APA PsycInfo to search only the Tests & Measures field for that name. You can search for acronyms this way, too.
If you aren't sure of the exact title, don't use quotes. Instead, search for words you know are likely to be included in the name, still searching the Tests & Measures field.
As noted above, the term [appended] after an instrument name in the Tests & Measures field indicates some or all of the instrument itself is included in the article.
To search specifically for those articles, put the word appended (you don't need the brackets) in one of your search boxes, then choose TM Tests & Measures from the drop-down menu.
Classification Codes in APA PsycInfo can be used to identify articles on the development or validation of instruments. The relevant codes begin with 222 (see the full list of classification codes). To find these types of articles, first follow the instructions for searching by topic or title; in the final search box, type 222* and select CC Classification from the drop-down menu.
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