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Tutt Library Research Guides
What is an Empirical Study?
One containing data based on actual observation or experimentation.
How Can I Tell if an Article is Empirical?
Check for these components:
- Charts, graphs, and/or statistical analyses
- More than 5 pages
- Sections: Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References
Empirical or Theoretical?
Empirical: Based on data gathered by original experiments or observations.
Theoretical: Analyzes and makes connections between empirical studies to define or advance a theoretical position.
Where Can I Find Empirically-Based Education Articles?
The most direct route is to search PsycINFO . Select Advanced Search, enter your topic, and then select Empirical Study in the Methodology field.
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