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Research Instruments

This guide will help you learn how to identify, assess, and obtain research instruments.

What are Research Instruments?

What are Research Instruments?

A research instrument is a tool used to collect, measure, and analyze data related to your subject.

Research instruments can be tests, surveys, scalesquestionnaires, or even checklists.

To assure the strength of your study, it is important to use previously validated instruments!


Getting Started

Already know the full name of the instrument you're looking for? 


Finding a research instrument can be very time-consuming!

This process involves three concrete steps:

It is common that sources will not provide the full instrument, but they will provide a citation with the publisher. In some cases, you may have to contact the publisher to obtain the full text.


Research TipTalk to your departmental faculty. Many of them have expertise in working with research instruments and can help you with this process.