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Finding Survey Instruments and Questionnaires: SPORTDiscus with FT

SPORTDiscus with Full Text and Behavioral Instruments

SPORTDiscus is a database covering the literature of "sports and sports medicine journals." ("SPORTDiscus," n.d.)

Examples of the kinds of Instrument references you can expect to find here include (but are not limited to) the following:

Depression Inventories                                                                           

Exercize Habit Survey(s)

Fatigue Impact Scales

Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire(s)

Frailty Scales

Incontinence Quality of Life Questionnaire(s)

Health and Work Questionnaire(s)

Health Assessment Questionnaire(s)

Pain Scales

Sleep Quality Indices

SPORTDiscus does not contain specific index fields for behavioral instruments.

However it can be productively searched for instrument references using a nested OR search of its subject headings, abstracts, or all text fields. 

Search Using Subject Heading Nested "OR" Strategy

Nested "OR" Subject field searching is the narrow angle lens, focused option for instrument searching SPORTDiscus.

It will retrieve the smallest result set of the three options but search retrieval is generally more relevant to topic focus. 

To nested "OR" Subject-search SPORTDiscus for instruments,

1) Enter your topic search terms in the first search box

2) In the next search box, enter the following search strategy:

Survey* OR Questionnaire* OR Scale* OR Inventor* OR "Interview Schedule*"

3) In the adjacent drop down menu (to the strategy you just entered) scroll down and select (click to highlight) SU Subject Terms.

4) Click the Search button to initiate the search.

Keyword Searching SPORTDiscus

The field defaults for keyword searching SPORTDiscus consist of the following index fields:

• TI Title

• AU Author

• CA Corporate Author

• Conference

• SO Source

• PB Publisher

• AB Abstract

• KW "Keywords" - Author supplied terms describing the article" (SPORTDiscus, n.d.)

SU Subjects

• Handicapped Codes


Search Using Abstracts (field) Nested "OR" Strategy

To nested "OR" Abstract-search SPORTDiscus for instruments,

1) Enter your topic search terms in the first search box

2) In the next search box, enter the following search strategy: "Survey* OR Questionnaire* OR Scale* OR Inventor*"

3) In the adjacent drop down menu (to the strategy you just entered) scroll down and select (click to highlight) AB Abstract.

4) Click the Search button to initiate the search.

Search Using All Text (field) Nested "OR" Strategy

To nested "OR" All Text-search SPORTDiscus for instruments,

1) Enter your topic search terms in the first search box

2) In the next search box, enter the following search strategy: "Survey* OR Questionnaire* OR Scale* OR Inventor*"

3) In the adjacent drop down menu (to the strategy you just entered) scroll down and select (click to highlight) TX All Text.

4) Click the Search button to initiate the search.