Friday, October 21, 2011

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) Database

In celebration of National Medical Librarians Month, we'd like to highlight some resources that you may not be familiar with.  The first resource we will feature is the Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) database.  This database provides information from journals about behavioral measurement instruments.  Please note that it does NOT provide the full-text of the instruments. Rather, it points the user to journal articles that either contain or discuss the instrument.  Limit your search to "primary source" for a better chance of the instrument being included in the article.

While the database record is pointing you to a journal article, it doesn't provide the full-text of the article either.  When you request an item via interlibrary loan from this database, you are requesting the journal article, not the instrument itself.  Some instruments are available directly from the database publisher, but a fee is charged.  If you are interested in obtaining an instrument this way, please contact us directly.

Other information that may be included in the instrument record is reliability, response options, references (to the primary source if it's a secondary source, for example), number of questions, and an abstract. Below is a sample record:

If you have questions about using HaPI, or any other database, be sure and contact the library.

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