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Research Instruments Resources: Getting Started

Research instruments resources available at the Samuel Merritt University Library and via the Internet.

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What is a Research Instrument?

"A research instrument is a testing device for measuring a given phenomenon, such as a paper and pencil test, a questionnaire, an interview, a research tool, or a set of guidelines for observation." 

Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, p. 1605, W 13 M8933 2009 REFERENCE.

Published vs Unpublished Tests

What is the difference between a "published" and an "unpublished" test/research instrument?

  • Published tests are tests which may be purchased from a commercial test publisher. Sometimes special training is required to administer commercial tests. Standard copyright restrictions apply.


  • Unpublished tests are tests which are published by an individual author or small group of authors, often in a journal article or book chapter. Copyright restrictions may apply to such tests.

Book Indexes to Published & Unpublished Tests @ SMU Library

Book indexes to published tests:

  • Mental measurements yearbook. BF 431 B93h 1992 to present REFERENCE
  • Tests in Print. BF 176 B967 2006 REFERENCE
  • Tests: a comprehensive reference for assessments in psychology, education and business. BF 176 T43 2008 REFERENCE
  • Test critiques. BF 176 T47 1994 REFERENCE

Book indexes to unpublished tests:

  • Directory of unpublished experimental mental measures. BF 431 G619 1974 to present REFERENCE
  • Title index for the Directory of unpublished experimental mental measures, vols. 1-7. BF 431 J29 2001 REFERENCE

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