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Social Work: Finding Tests and Measures   Tags: instruments, measures, psychology, scales, social_work, tests  

This guide is designed to assist you with steps for finding tests, measures, scales, or questionnaires for your research.
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Finding the right test, measure, or instrument can take several steps. This guide was designed to walk you through these steps and your options for finding an instrument. 

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Start Early

Finding tests can be a time consuming process, so it is important that you begin looking for one well before your assignment is due.  Also, please note that not all tests are freely available. Make sure that the test that you have identified for your assignment is available to you before you write your paper.

Finding a test by topic

There are many options available to you if you are looking for a certain type of test, but do not have a specific test in mind. Here are your key options; these are listed in recommended order.

  • Search PsycTests  Icon
    PsycTests is a brand new database that includes the full-text of psychological tests that have been published in scholarly articles and books.
  • Browse our books
    The Social Work Library has a shelf-full of books that contain copies of tests.
  • Search for articles with tests
    Tests are sometimes included in the appendix of an article.
  • Search Online Dissertations
    Tests, measures, and questionnaires are often included in the appendix of a dissertation.

Finding a test by name

We recommend taking the following steps if you know the name of a test that you would like to find:

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