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Ovid Database Guide: Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI)

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Coverage: 1985 to Present

Health and Psychosocial Instruments provides ready access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/ manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science.

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  • Use keyword searching versus subject searching.
  • The Ovid search engine applies so-called "run-time stopword processing", which means the search engine on the fly ignores stopwords (e.g., and, as, by, for, from, in, is, of, on, that, the, this, to, was, were, with).

Advanced Searching

  • An optional wild card character – the question mark (?) – can be used within or at the end of a search term to substitute for one or no characters. This wild card is useful for retrieving documents with British and American word variants since it specifies that results should include all articles whether or not the extra character is present. For example, searching for "colo?r" retrieves articles that contain the words "color" or "colour". You can use multiple wild cards in a single query word.

Limit Notes

  • Compendium Source: Information from an instrument collection, such as Test Critiques and handbooks on instruments for a certain topic. These records often indicate whether reliability and validity information is included in the source.

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