Finding Test Instruments (Health, Education, & Psychology): Getting Started

This guide is for students, staff, and faculty looking for test instruments including classes such as HEDU 4300, ESS 4900, etc.


This guide was created by Nicole Mitchell at the University of Alabama Birmingham's Lister Hill Library. Alfred Mowdood slightly modified the text, updated the links to work at the University of Utah, and added some other resources available at the University of Utah Libraries. Most of the web resources listed comes from Allan Scherlen's libguide from Appalachian State University Libraries.

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Before You Start

There are a few constants when searching for a test instrument. Searching skills will be challenged!

  • Some tests are easily found.
  • You may have to pay for it. Some must be purchased from the copyright holder (usually the author or publisher).
  • Some instruments may be found within a journal article, dissertation, or an appendix of journal article or dissertation.
    You may locate an earlier instrument that you can photocopy from a journal article, but the revised addition may be the one that is in current use and available only for a fee from the copyright holder.
  • Resources may give descriptive information about the instrument, including author or publisher contact information, as well as a review of the test, but not the instrument itself.
  • Even author or publisher contact information may be elusive.


Finding a Test Instrument often requires searching several sources.

Following the suggested steps in the tabs above may help you locate either:

  • Your Instrument
  • A Review of the Instrument



Many tests are copyrighted!

Even if it appears freely available, you must first contact the author or publisher for permission to use it for research or publication purposes!

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