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Finding Survey Instruments and Questionnaires: Mental Measurements Yearbook

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print is a database comprising two products produced by the Buros Center for Testing at the University of Nebraska: 1) Mental Measurements Yearbook, and 2) Tests in Print.

Both products provide reviews of "commercially available," currently accessible, English language behavioral instruments. ("Mental Measurements Yearbook," n.d.)

All of the instruments referenced in this database are commercial products. So, in most cases, you will need to purchase in order to access and use a particular instrument.

Keyword Searching Mental Measurements Yearbook

The field defaults for keyword searching in Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print cover the following indexes:

TI Test Name/Title

AC Acronym (of the test name)

AU Author

RE Reviewer

PB/PN Publisher's Name

PO Population

PU Purpose

SC Scores yield by the Test

DM Administration Code

AV Price

General Subject Headings

Keyword in this database thus covers most of the important available text fields. Unless you need to ensure absolutely no instrument was missed, keyword searching is probably sufficient for this database.

If, however, you are seeking comprehensive, exhaustive coverage of the database, All Text nested "OR" searching is your best bet (see below).


All Text (field) Searching

The best strategy for an exhaustive search of the database, All Text nested "OR" searching searches every field in the record for text matching your search terms.


To nested "OR" All Text-search APA PsycINFO for instruments,

1) Enter your topic search terms (variables you hope to measure) 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.

MMY-Specific Search Tips

As databases go, this one is tiny. In this database, nested "OR" strategies are no more effective (and in many cases, are less effective) than simply searching directly for your search terms using keyword or All Text. 

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