September 25th, 2009

What to Look for in a Measurement Instrument

Have you been scouring the Internet and the library databases looking for that perfect measurement instrument for your research study? For your dissertation? How do you know if it’s a quality instrument and if it’s the right instrument for you? gradpsych

Check out this article from the January 2007 issue of gradPSYCH

“Finding the right tools: Student researchers need to know what to look for in a measurement instrument.”

This article will outline the steps you need to complete when choosing an instrument, including:

  • Knowing what you need and what you need to measure.
  • Befriending your librarian
  • Doing some quality control
  • Getting permission

The library has access to all four of the databases mentioned in this article: Mental Measurements Yearbook, Tests in Print, PsycINFO, and Health and Psychosocial Instruments. You can access these databases from the library’s Databases A-Z web page.

For more information on finding tests and measures in the Capella Library, please review the guide Finding Tests and Measurement Instruments on the Library Guides home page (listed in the Browse by Subject bar under Methodology & Instruments).

If you have any questions, please contact us in the library!



Comment from Valerie McDuffie
Time May 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

I am in need of an instructment called the ECAQ (Educators and Child Abuse Questionaire by Maureen Kenny. Do we have a copy in our data base of this instrument? If yes, do I need permission to use it from the author or can Capella grant me permission to use the instrument. If we have this in our data base how soon can I receive a copy? (Need your help ASAP)

Valerie J. McDuffie

Comment from wei yu
Time October 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I work on how an ITPM (IT portfolio management) correlates IT-Business alignment, interested in this kind of instrument. Can you help me to find in this regard?

Thank you.


Comment from Teresa Mitchell
Time November 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I am searching for a questionnaire to use for a child abuse assessment project. If there is one available in the Capella library, where can I find it and do i just cite it as a reference. Thanks!

Teresa Mitchell

Comment from Reference Librarian
Time November 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Hi All,

Finding test instruments can be complicated (too complicated for me to answer in one blog response). Please submit your individual question using the Ask a Librarian form on the library’s home page:

Or email us at That way we can provide you specific advice.



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