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Psychology: Find Test Information in APA PsycInfo

Finding Test Information in APA PsycInfo

Scenario #1: I'm looking for the names of tests administered for a particular topic

Simple search: 

  1. Search your topic in PsycInfo, ex: seasonal affective disorder.
  2. When reviewing the results, select the Complete Reference; if any tests were administered, this will be noted in the Tests & Measures field. This can be time-consuming if there are a lot of references to review. 

Too many references to quickly review? You can limit to only those references that have content in the Tests & Measures field. To do this:

  1. Like before, search your topic in PsycInfo, ex: seasonal affective disorder.
  2. Select Search Fields from the main search page, and in the search box, enter the following search string: (test OR measure* OR survey OR inventory OR append* OR question* OR scale OR manual OR form OR interview OR checklist OR assessment) 
  3. Scroll down, put a checkmark beside tm: Tests & Measures, and select Search.
  4. Finally, combine your topic search with this search.

 

Scenario #2: I'm looking for studies that discuss the psychometrics for instruments used for a specific topic

  1. Search your topic in PsycInfo, ex: postpartum depression. 
  2. Select Additional Limits, select Tests & Measures, and finally Limit a Search.

 

Scenario #3: I’m looking for research studies that have used a particular test.

  1. Choose Search Fields on the PsycInfo main search page.
  2. Enter the name of the test, ex: Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status then place a checkmark beside the field marked tm: Test & Measures and select Search.