Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Dababase Highlight: Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

This database is just the thing when you're looking for measurement instruments in health, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior and library and information science. It covers questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios and tests.

Be aware, however, that you're not going to find access to the actual instruments -- instead, you'll find citations to proprietary instruments as well as instruments that have only appeared in the journal literature or other reports (published or unpublished). And this is a case where you'll need to obtain copyright permission to use any of these instruments.

If you're having difficulty locating instruments, tests or measures, try asking your friendly librarian. Chances are she's been asked this type of question many times before and has quite a few tricks up her sleeve.

Just the Facts
Available from Ovid
Updated quarterly
1985 to present, with some older material
Indexing and abstracting service (points to primary and secondary literature)
Produced by Behavioral Measurement Database Services
HaPI (Ovid Field Guide)


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