This guide includes and describes resources for finding tests and instruments and for finding information about them. Finding this information can take a little digging. Please contact the library if you need help navigating the databases and journal articles!
Tests and measures are often categorized as published or unpublished. Published tests are commercially available for purchase from a publisher and often may only be bought by a qualified or professionally credentialed user. Unpublished or noncommercial tests are usually referred to in journal articles, dissertations, reports, etc.and are often made available for use by contacting the author.
Find tests/ assessments in journal articles: use the following search example, and includes the searchterm "APPENDED" along with your own keywords or subject descriptors describing the type of measure you seek:
test OR assessment OR scale OR questionnaire OR measure OR survey AND eating disorders [thesaurus headings and/or keywords describing your topic] AND appended
This website provides the American Psychological Association's explanations and definitions about published and unpublished tests and offers a list of steps for researchers to follow in obtaining permission for the use of unpublished tests.
Resources for finding informaton about tests (reviews and applications) are also included.
To find articles that report on empirical research, some keywords you might want to use:
study, results, discussion, data, variables, limitations, implications, survey, respondents, population, conclusion
Such terms should be searched as keywords rather than subject terms because they reflect the kind of language used in an article describing empirical research, but they are not the topic or subject of the study.
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