Research Instruments at the OHSU Library


In Ovid Medline or Pubmed, do a MESH subject search, e.g. depression, and combine with the MESH terms questionnaires and qualitative research


In CINAHL, enter your term, e.g., depression, in the search box.  Under the search box you will see the Limits area.  Find the Publication Type limit and select Research Instruments and Questionnaire/Scale.  You can select the limits at the same time by holding down the Control key.

Nursing Reference Center

In Nursing Reference Center, enter your term, e.g., depression, in the search box.  Your results will have a long line of purple tabs above it, one of which (at the right) will be Research Instruments.  Click on the tab to see a list of articles including/about related research instruments.

You can browse a list of research instruments provided by Nursing Reference Center by clicking on the purple Practice Resources tab at the top, then clicking on the Research Instruments link.


To use ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) for finding descriptions of measures and in some cases, the actual measure, enter your keyword(s) in the first search box, e.g., medical education, and leave the pull-down menu to the right  as is.   In the next search box type, (test* or measure* or questionnaire* or scale* or survey* or assessment*) and appended, and select Abstract from the pull-down menu to the right.   Now execute the search by clicking the Search button. A specific test name can be substituted for keywords in the first search box as well.

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) provides ready access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/ manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science.

Enter a keyword or phrase, e.g., depression, into the search box and click the Search button.

You can limit your search to type of document.  Primary Source and Secondary Source are under the Search box.  Click on the Additional Limits box to find more document types (explained below).

·         Primary source: Resources that contain the test, including when it is appended to a journal article that describes a study using the test. Original source where instrument was published.

·         Secondary source: Describes literature that does not include the entire instrument. It can include articles that describe how the test was used, outcomes, and more, as well as some level of detail about the test or measure, such as sample questions.

·         Compendium source: Information from an instrument collection, such as Test Critiques and handbooks on instruments for a certain topic. These records often indicate whether reliability and validity information is included in the source.

·         Review source: Information about articles that use an instrument; information from a review source such as Mental Measurements Yearbook and journal articles that review instruments; these records do not indicate whether reliability and validity information is included in the source.


In PsycINFO, use the Tests and Measures field to find measures used in a study. 

Below is an example search:

·         PsycINFO opens in Advanced Search mode.  Do your search as usual, e.g., depression maps to the subject heading Major Depression (among others).  Select Major Depression.  These results are part 1 or your search.

·         For part 2 of your search, change your search to a multi-field search by selecting the Multi-Field Search link (to the upper right of the search box).

·         Enter the name of the measure, or keyword/concept, e.g., depression

·         Select Tests & Measures from the drop-down menu on the right.

·         Select AND in the drop-down menu on the left.

·         Adding the word appended to the search will include results in which the test or measure is included in the article. Type appended in the second search box.  Leave the drop-down menu on the right on All Fields. 

·         You now have a second set of articles.  Combine these with your original set of depression articles by clicking the boxes in front of the sets in the search history.  Then click the AND box below.   

·         You now have a search that includes test and measures in articles about depression.