Help: Using CART
How To View and Print Information about Instruments in CART
2. Use the "Search" box, which appears in the toolbar at the top of every CART page. Here you can enter an author's name, keywords, or parts of words. CART will search the database and list names of instruments that have that word in the title, description, or author fields of the CART database.
Viewing and Printing Your Search Results
After you have searched the database and CART has produced a list of instruments, you can:
1. Explore that list by clicking on the title of each instrument. When you click on a title, you will find a description of that instrument and other data such as the author, target population, and contact information for acquiring the instrument.
2. Save the list of instruments that you are most interested in by clicking on the "Save" checkbox on the far right and then clicking on the "Save Checked Items" button at the bottom of the list.
3. View the list of instruments that you saved by clicking on the "View Saved Instruments" button.
4. Print the list of instruments by using your web browser's printing function.
How to Think About Your Search in CART
CART is designed to help you search for instruments or tools to serve research or evaluation needs related to youth development programs. Here is a step-by-step approach for using CART:
Step 1. Define the domain you are interested in studying.
For example, if you are interested in the domain of:
Step 3. Begin your search. Click on a search mechanism and begin plugging in the domain, category, variables, and their constructs (constructs being the narrowest focus in the layers of refinement). This process will yield the instruments that have been gathered for your specific interests.
Here are a few things to think about as you begin to explore CART's research instruments:
For further guidance on how to choose an instrument for your purposes, please refer to: http://www.ericae.net/seltips.txt
What TC/MMY Means in a CART Instrument:
If your search turns up an instrument that has a number that begins with TCxxxx, this means that more information about that instrument may be located in the ERIC/AE Test Locator database. The Test Locator is a joint project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, the Library and Reference Services Division of the Educational Testing Service, the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the Region III Comprehensive Center at GW University, and Pro-Ed test publishers.
The TC number is the instrument's number in the Test Collection (TC). For more information, please see the ERIC/AE Test Locator website at: http://www.ericae.net/testcol.htm. On the home page of that website, you will find a search engine into which you may type the TC number of the instrument you located in CART.
If your search turns up an instrument that has the designation MMY in the section labeled TC/MMY, this means that more information about that instrument may be found in the Mental Measurements Yearbook or database, published by the Buros Institute. The Mental Measurements Yearbook includes descriptive information about tests and references to relevant literature, as well as professional test reviews. If "MMY" appears in this field, it means that this instrument was reviewed in the Mental Measurements Yearbook. For more information about ordering the Mental Measurements Yearbook, please see the Buros Institute website at http://www.unl.edu/buros/catalog.html Local and university libraries may offer access to the Mental Measurements Yearbook database. Many also carry a reference copy of the Mental Measurements Yearbook. Check your local library.
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