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Q: How do I find empirical articles?


An empirical article is a research article that reports the results of a study that uses data derived from actual observation or experimentation. Empirical research articles are published in scholarly or academic journals. These journal are also called “peer-reviewed,” or “refereed” publications.

 Empirical articles often contain these sections:

  • Introduction
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

The sections may vary in the articles; however, the information that would fall within these sections should be present in an empirical article.

You may use the following databases to locate empirical articles. 

1.  PsycINFO and PsychARTICLES

  • Select Advanced Search
  • Enter search terms in the search box at top of the screen
  • Scroll down to Methodology and select: Empirical Study. There are subsets below this category that you can choose based on your needs.


  • Enter your search terms in the search box at top of the screen
  • Scroll down the screen and locate the Publication Types dropdown box
  • Select Numerical/Quantitative Data or Reports-Research

3. Academic Search Complete

  • Select Advanced Search
  • In the first line of the search box, enter your search terms
  • In a different line of the search box, enter the following:

         "study OR methodology OR subjects OR data OR results OR findings OR discussion"

For information on how to find a database, please click here.

For more information

For more help, email the Research and Instructional Services department, or call or visit one of our Research Help Desks:

Sturgis Library at Kennesaw: Ground Floor, Room G-16, 470-578-6325
Johnson Library at Marietta: First Floor, Room C-125, 470-578-7471


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Last Updated

Jul 19, 2017


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