Research Instruments are assessments, scales, questionnaires, measures, surveys, inventories, and tests used in qualitative and quantitative research Searching for nursing research instruments can be challenging. This research guide contains resources that may assist you as you search. Be cognizant of copyright and the need to obtain permission to use an already developed instrument as you search for nursing research instruments. If you have questions about the use of instruments in research and their appropriateness and/or copyright, contact your instructor/department for further guidelines.
The SJSU Library has several resources that can be used to identify assessments and other instruments to support research and patient-care.
Caution: you may need to contact the author or publisher of a tool to 1) have access to the complete instrument and 2) get permission to reuse it.
Question: Do I need permission to use an instrument that I found online?
Answer: It depends. If in the instrument the author/publisher clearly states that it is freely available, then you're OK! Go ahead and use the instrument.
If the instrument policy is unknown or vague, or if the full instrument is not available -only mentioned or described- you'll need to reach out to the copyright holder.
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