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Surveys, Tests and Instruments


Since copyright permission is needed to use any of the instruments found in databases, often access to the tests/instruments/surveys themselves is limited.

Search Tip: When searching a database, use one of these terms to find information on the validity of the instruments: psychometrics, validity, or reliability.  

When checking for internal consistency, a Chronbach's alpha score of .69 and lower should be avoided or used with caution (American Psychological Association (2014). Psi Chi-APA Presentation for Students on Tests and Measures [PowerPoint slides].  Retrieved from

Start your search for articles about tests in these databases:

  • APA PsycINFO - Articles from Psychology Journals
    - If you go to the Advanced Search, under Select a Field, you can select TM Tests & Measures to help narrow your search.
  • CINAHL Complete - Nursing and Allied Health Articles
  • ERIC (Education Resource Information Center via EBSCO) - Education articles and documents