Answered By: Library Staff Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016 Views: 42145
1. What are Empirical Research Articles?
Empirical Research is defined as research based on observed and measured phenomena. It is research that derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief.
See if the article mentions a study, an observation, an analysis or a number of participants or subjects. Was data collected, a survey or questionnaire administered, an assessment or measurement used, an interview conducted? All of these terms indicate possible methodologies used in empirical research.
Empirical articles often contain these sections:
- Literature review
The sections may be combined, and may have different headings or no headings at all; however, the information that would fall within these sections should be present in an empirical article.
2. You could use the following search devices when using our Databases to find empirical research articles:
A. PsycINFO and PsychARTICLES. After entering search terms in boxes at top of screen, scroll down to Methodology and select: Empirical Study. Note there are subsets of Empirical Study below this entry that you could use.
B. ERIC. Type in your search terms and then scroll down the screen and change these values as shown on the right:
Other Publication Types to try are:
- Numerical/Quantitative Data
study OR methodology OR subjects OR data OR results OR findings OR discussion
and change the pulldown to "Abstract".
Below is an example search for child abuse using Academic Search Premier:
Click here to perfrom this search. Look over the articles you get from these searches carefully. The final determination of whether or not a particular article is empirical is a judgement that you must make. Also, some of the search devices mentioned here may not retrieve all of the Empirical articles for a given topic.
This FAQ answer is based on: Empirical Journal Articles: How to Find Articles that Report Empirical Studies
(Cal State Fullerton) original version | new version and What is an Empirical Article? (Univ of LaVerne)
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