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Educational and Psychological Instruments

Links to databases and other resources for finding educational and psychological instruments. Also provides explanations, search tips, and other advice for locating and using instruments.

Introduction

In Education and Psychology, "instruments" are questionnaires and other items that are used to study human attitudes or behaviors. They are sometimes called "measures," "scales," "surveys," or "tests." 

Finding educational/psychological instruments is one of the most challenging research skills for teachers and clinicians to learn. There could be hundreds of instruments available, depending on the people you want to study and what you want to learn about them. Also, some creators publish their instruments in books and journal articles. Others have sold their ownership to publishing companies, and now the publishers distribute (sell) the instruments.

No database provides free, full-text copies of every instrument, but this guide can help. Use the links on the left side of the page for steps to  finding instruments for your purpose or project.

If you need additional help, contact Ellysa Cahoy (University Park, ellysa@psu.edu), Bernadette Lear (Harrisburg, BAL19@psu.edu), or a librarian at your location.