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Graduate Nursing

How to Find Assessment & Reviews of Assessments

Locating Tests

The simplest way to discover instruments relevant to your dissertation research is to carefully read the "Methods" section in peer-reviewed journal articles. A dissertation will build on a field of study and you will be well served by understanding how the constructs you are interested in have been measured. For example, while exploring the topic of cognitive functioning, read articles and take note of which cognitive inventories are used and why.

  1. Start by conducting a keyword search on your topic using scholarly databases or the library catalog
  2. Use advanced search techniques like subject searching, truncation, and Boolean AND/OR operators to make your search more precise. 
  3. Limit your results to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles. Enter keywords from your topic on the top one or two lines. Then, add a search string such as (survey OR instrument OR scale) on a separate line and limit this line to the AB Abstract of the article, as shown in the example below. You might also consider using these additional terms as part of your search: questionnaire, test, measurement, measure, assessment, inventory   
  4. If you find yourself needing to search for measures in the databases consider using the helpful keywords listed below.

When conducting a search, remember that different keywords yield different results. Consider these terms and add them to your search string when trying to locate tests or measurements: 

  • Survey 
  • Instrument 
  • Scale
  • Questionnaire 
  • Test
  • Measure 
  • Measurement 
  • Assessment 
  • Inventory

In order to find assessment information on your chosen scale search for your measure with these terms:

  • Review
  • Reliability
  • Validity


Open Access Assessment Resources