Asher's Occupational Therapy Assessment Tools is an excellent book for finding instruments related to occupational therapy.
Each chapter is broken down by subject so that you can find an instrument related to the topic you're interested in studying.
The book details lots of information about each instrument, including author(s), source, validity, price range, and references.
CINAHL is the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature database. There are three ways to search for tests by subject:
Option 1. Enter your topic in the search bar, then select field IN for instrumentation. Hit search.
Option 2. In the Advanced Search, enter your topic keyword. Scroll down to Search options. When you see Publication Type, highlight questionnaire/scale.
Option 3. Use CINAHL Headings to help find an instrument. Click on CINAHL Headings, above the search field. From there, enter your topic.
2. CINAHL will give you the words you should use to search for your topic in their database:
3. Click the box next to your heading. On the right hand side of the page, you can click Search Database.
4. CINAHL will bring you back to the main search screen, where your subject will be in the search box. Change the field to IN instrumentation, and hit search.
The Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures is a book that lists unpublished instruments. Each chapter is divided by what is being measured (motivation, values, etc). There is also a subject index in the back. You can read through the chapter pertaining to your subject to find instruments. Each entry includes validity and reliability information, as well as the author name and original source.
In its search results, ETS also lists the acronym for the instrument, which may help you in further searches.
ETS allows you to limit your searches so that you only find instruments they have available for download. (Note that there is a fee associated with the downloads.)
1. In the Advanced Search Box, select Order Information for the first box. Enter the keyword downloadable.
2. Enter your topic in the second box, under all fields. Hit Search.
To search all results (not just downloadable), you can do a basic or advanced search.
For a basic search, simply enter your keyword in the search box and hit the enter key.
For an advanced search, click the Advanced Search tab.
1. Change the second box to All Fields.
2. Enter your keyword and hit search.
In Advanced search, you can also search by subject, year, author, and title, among other categories.
stands for Health and Psychosocial Instruments. It is a database with information on research instruments.
To search for an instrument in HaPI:
1. Enter your keyword in the search box.
2. Change the field to ME Measure. Hit search.
PQDTG is a database that hosts a large number of dissertations and theses, many of which are full-text.
In Advanced Search, enter your topic in the top box and change the search field to Anywhere. In the second box, input survey, assessment, etc, also changing the search field to Anywhere:
Dissertations often include the entire research instrument. Make sure you contact the author for permission before using it.