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An introductory guide to key psychology resources, and getting help for your assignments.

Tests and measurements databases

What are tests and measurements

Psychological tests and measurements are tools which can be used by psychologists to help assess their patients for various conditions, and by researchers for data collection or research purposes. Below are some tips on how to access tests and measurements via specific databases.

PsycINFO (ProQuest) 

PsycINFO provides unrivalled access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines. It can be searched by the instrument name or topic by using the Tests & Measures feature in the advanced options.

CINAHL with Full Text (EBSCO) 

Provides access to an extensive range of journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, as well as legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials.

In CINAHL, there are two ways you can search for instruments that have been used in studies. 

1)  In the search box you can add a topic, or the name of the instrument, and then select 'Instrumentation' from the drop down menu before you search.  


2)  Alternatively, after adding your search words you can limit your search results by 'Publication Type', choosing 'Questionnaire/Scale' and/or 'Research Instrument' from the list. 

Finding tests and questionnaires in ERIC

ERIC: Education Resources Information Center (USDE) 

A digital library of education-related resources.

To search for tests/questionnaires simply enter tests in the search box.

After you have selected ‘search’ you will be given an extensive list of descriptors to help you refine your search.

Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print 

How to use Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print  

  • The following short video is an introduction to how best to search and view tests in the database.


  • Click on this link to view a pdf guide outlining the basics to effectively use the Mental Measurements Yearbook.

Also look for Mental Measurements Yearbooks 

FAQ: Finding Information About Psychological Tests