Q. Can I use a testing instrument/scale/form found on the web or article for my paper? Do I need to worry about copyright?


You should seek author consent or copyright permissions prior to using any copyrighted or commercial instrument. See pgs. 231 - 236 of the APA Manual, 6th edition, Section 8.04, for more information.

Consider using the PsycTESTS database available from the Databases page under Research Resources in the Library. This database is the only database to contain full text non-commercial (unpublished) test instruments. A permissions field available from the result's record page alerts you as to whether the test may be used for research or teaching without formal permission, as shown below. The majority of tests within this database can be used without seeking additional permissions.  

We also recommend viewing our Introduction to Tests and Measurements workshop which provides an introduction to resources which can be used to locate tests and measurements for dissertation research. Additionally, see the Library's guide to Tests and Measurements for information on locating instruments in the Library and on the Internet.

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