Q. How do I find empirical research articles?


Your professor may have required you to find one or more 'empirical articles' to support your research for an assignment.  In basic terms, an empirical article is a research article that reports the results of a study that uses data derived from actual observation or experimentation.

The steps to finding an empirical article differ slightly from discipline to discipline, but all empirical articles share common characteristics.  Empirical articles will, typically, include methods and results sections in the body of the article. Additionally, they will be longer articles and may include charts, graphs, or statistical analysis.  An empirical article will always include an extensive bibliography or works cited. 

Empirical articles can be found in many databases in the Brookens Library collection.  We suggest that you start with the resources best suited to your subject.  Our extensive collection of subject specific research guides can help with that.

If you need additional help, you can always contact a librarian.


  • Last Updated Jul 11, 2017
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  • Answered By John Laubersheimer

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