Answered By: Nicole Montgomery Last Updated: Jun 07, 2018 Views: 52
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.
Requests for "Empirical" articles are usually from instructors in Education or Psychology; most other disciplines will ask for Scholarly, Peer Reviewed or Primary literature.
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.
Try using the Methodology limiter in PsycINFO or PscyhARTICLES to find empirical research articles.
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 that may be helpful to you.
Try using specific keywords in other library databases.
study OR methodology OR subjects OR data OR results OR findings OR discussion
and change the pull down to "Abstract".
Look over the articles you get from searches carefully. The final determination of whether or not a particular article is empirical is a judgment 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 Cal Poly Poloma Library's FAQ "My instructor said that I needed to find "Empirical" articles. What should I do?" and 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)