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Nursing DNP: Doctorate of Nursing Practice: Research Instruments

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Finding Research Instruments in CINAHL

CINAHL Plus includes research instrument records, research instrument validation records, and research instrument utilization records. 

Beginning in 1994, CINAHL began indexing research instruments as a publication type. However, other CINAHL records may also include information about research instruments. To find a work that is a published research instrument, search for a Publication Type of RESEARCH INSTRUMENT. This indicates the work indexed is actually a research instrument.

  1. Search using search terms for your topic and then
  2. Click Search Options
  3. Next to Publication Types, click Research Instrument.
  4. Click Search

To search for material about research instruments, search for RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS as a Subject Heading in the drop-down list. Records have major subject headings and minor subject headings. Major subject headings indicate the primary or major topics of the work. Minor subject headings indicate less important or minor topics of the work.

  1. Enter the specific name of the research instrument and select Subject Heading from the drop-down list
  2. Click Search

OR

  1. Enter a topic in the first search box and
  2. Enter RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS in the second search box and select Subject Heading from the drop-down list
  3. Click Search

To find a body of work that uses a specific research instrument, search using the particular name of the research instrument as an INSTRUMENTATION in the drop-down list.

  1. Enter the specific name of the research instrument and
  2. Select INSTRUMENTATION from the drop-down list
  3. Click Search

Note: Research Instruments are also available in Nursing Reference Center

Web Sites

The following web sites may contain tests, instruments, scales, surveys and other measurement tools or provide an abstract of the instrument.  Most measurement tools must be purchased from the publisher

Databases

Some dissertations include tests, scales, and measurements as an appendix. The CINAHL nursing database also includes nursing disserations.

Books

The following journals & books may contain tests, instruments, scales, surveys and other measurement tools or provide an abstract of the instrument.  Most measurement tools must be purchased from the publisher