You may need to find a tool to help you carry out your research. Finding a verified tool is challenging. Often, tools are owned by the authors who created them for use in a study and are not provided in the articles reporting on the study or in books that provide tools. Regardless of where you find a tool, you will most likely need to contact the authors to request written permission to use it in your work and possibly obtain a copy of it. The author(s) may request payment. If the author(s) do provide permission, keep that documentation. This guide offers suggestions on finding tools in the library databases, eBooks and government websites.
Another possibility that may help you find a tool is to search for systematic reviews on your topic. You can look at the information within the systematic review to identify the names of tools and information about them that the researchers used in the included studies.
The Health and Psychological Instruments (HaPI) database allows you to search your topic, and the database will pull up names of different measurement tools. However, you won't get the actual tool. Instead, you are directed to articles that use or describe the tool. You can then work on finding access to the tool.
Tip! Even if you find a free tool or a tool is provided in an article, you may need to get permission to use it. Read websites carefully for permissions needed. With the scholarly literature, be sure to contact the author(s) for a copy of the tool and permission to use. Make sure to keep a record of these interactions.
You may need to determine the reliability and validity of the tool you want to use. This can be challenging, but there are a few things you can do.
Tip! Most reliability and validity studies are done as the tool is being developed. Depending on when the tool was created, these studies may fall outside of the 5-year limit that is often required, so it is best not to add date filters when doing this type of search.
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