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Videos on Finding Empirical Articles

Where Can I Find Empirically-Based Education Articles?

The most direct route is to search PsycInfo, linked above.

This will take you to the Advanced Search, where you can type in your key words at the top. Then scroll down through all the limiting options to the Methodology menu. Select Empirical Study. 





In other databases without the Methodology limiter, such as Education Source, try keywords like empirical, study, and research.

How Can I Tell if an Article is Empirical?

Check for these components:

  • Peer-reviewed
  • Charts, graphs, tables, and/or statistical analyses
  • More than 5 pages
  • Sections with names like: Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Method, Data, Analysis, Results, Discussion, References

Look for visual cues of data collection and analysis: