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Home Tutorials Finding Measurements Searching Other Databases

Searching Other Databases

There are many other ways and places to find measurement tools. One good option is using keyword searching in subject databases. Simply do a keyword search as you would normally, but add terms that indicate you are searching for a measurement tool, such as the following:

  • Reliability
  • Validity
  • Test
  • Measure
  • Survey
  • Questionnaire
  • Scale
  • Inventory
  • Instrument

As an example, if you wanted to search in the database Scopus for a tool to help measure website usability, it might look like this:

 

Further Databases for Finding Measurement Tools

Database

NDSU Login Required

Description

CINAHL

Yes

Database of nursing and allied health literature, including measurement tools used in the health sciences.

ERIC

No

Education literature database that includes articles regarding measurement tools used in K-12 and higher education settings.

ETS Test Collection

No

Database of thousands of measurement tools primarily focused on education but encompassing multiple disciplines; includes tests from countries other than the US.

Health Services and Sciences Research Resources

No

Database of measurement tools used in health research, public health, and the behavioral and social sciences

Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences (MIDSS)

No

Database of user-submitted measurement tools used primarily in the social sciences but also including education and health.

PubMed

Yes (for links to NDSU resources)

Large database covering a wide variety of health and medical specialties, including literature related to measurement tool development and use.

Rand Health

No

RAND, a non-profit research organization that works to improve health around the world, makes their measurement tools available without charge

Scopus

Yes

Broad database covering the hard sciences, social sciences, health sciences, and more.

Sociological Abstracts

Yes

Database of social and behavioral sciences literature, including measurement tools commonly used by social sciences researchers.

Substance Use Screening & Assessment Instruments Database

No

Smaller collection of measurement tools used by researchers and care providers in the area of substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Web of Science

Yes

Broad database covering the hard sciences, social sciences, health sciences, and more.