Answered By: Kristin Boucher
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018     Views: 100

If you are starting your project with a specific assessment in mind you will want to start by searching for it in the Mental Measurements Yearbook. This database has only tools that are “commercially available”, which means you would have to pay for the full test. So if you search your assessment and it shows up in the database, you will not find it online for free.

If you are starting this topic with a specific topic, you will want to start your search with the PsycINFO database. This will mostly work for a counseling or psychology topic, but it may work for another subject, such as Education. Let us say your topic is “Cyberbullying”.

  1. We will want to start on the main library page
  2. Hover over Collections and click Databases
  3. Under “Browse by Letter” click P
  4. Scroll down, find, and click the PsycINFO database.
  5. Type in Cyberbullying in the first search bar.
  6. Scroll down under Filters and click the drop down menu.
  7. Click Methodology and this should bring up a new drop down. Click Quantitative Study in the second menu
  8. Click Search
  9. To the left, click the Test and Measures tab.
  10. This should display all the tests and measurements in the articles in the topic. You can then pick one of the specific tests to search online (such as Google) and see if they are public.

If you are having difficulty finding tests that are found online, you can try to search ProQuest for specific measurements that have been used in theses or dissertations in the past, because they will have the questions in the appendix. You can then search for the tests or questions in Google or Google Scholar to see if they are available publicly. To start, you will want to go to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

  1. Start on the main library page here
  2. Hover over Research and click Dissertations and Theses
  3. Scroll down, find and click ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.
  4. You will then want to type in your topic in the search bar. As an example,  type in “emotional intelligence EI assessment or measurement or instrument or test” (do not add quotes)
  5. Then click the magnifying glass.
  6. When you pull up a dissertation, scroll down to the Appendix and it will tell you what, if any, tests were used and usually have the questions included.
  7. You can then search one of the questions in Google or Google Scholar to see if you can find any public tests. You can also search the test itself to see if it is available.

If you find the test in a dissertation, since you have all of the questions, you could try to just "create" a copy of the instrument yourself where you provide a Likert scale.  But should it be a 4 or 5 point Likert scale the words "Strongly disagree" "disagree" "agree" or "strongly agree" or is it "Like me" or "Very true of me," etc. should be the same as the test. So it makes it hard to reproduce the scale.

A problem with you recreating a certain scale from the questions is that some of them I'm sure are meant to be reverse scored.  So the questions that point to a positive attachment would have a higher number on a scale of 1 to 4 or 1 to 5 so that the higher the number the greater the attachment.  When you reverse score an item, if that place would normally be a 5 then for THAT QUESTION you give the opposite or a 1.  For instance, positively scored questions might be something like "I feel like I bond well with my child" but a negatively scored question might be "My child and I don't get along well."  On a four point scale, if it would normally be a 4 the reverse score would be a 1.  You can't just give the same points to all questions or you won't have a correct interpretation.  So you need the questions, the Likert scale and descriptions, and the scoring instructions.

Feel free to contact us at research@liberty.edu  or (434)582-2221 with any further questions