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Empirical Article

An empirical article reports research based on observations or experiments.


The research may use quantitative research methods, which uses numerical data, or qualitative research methods, which objectively and critically analyzes behaviors, feelings, or values with few or no numerical date.


Features of an Empirical Article

  • Published in scholarly journal
  • Abstract mentions a study, data collected, survey, interview, assessment, observation, or questionnaire.
  • Article usually contains the following sections: introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, and references.
  • Length of the article is normally three or more pages.

How can I search for empirical articles?

  • In PsycINFO, limit search to Peer Reviewed.
  • In Academic Search Premier, Business Source Elite, Education Research Complete, limit search to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
  • In ERIC, select Yes for Peer Reviewed.
  • In ProQuest databases, limit search to Scholarly journals.
  • JSTOR requires no limiter since all the articles are from scholarly journals.
  • You may also add the terms STUDY or STUDIES in the final search box after your other search terms.