Empirical research articles use data derived from actual
Original research papers that describe empirical studies and their results are published in scholarly or academic journals.
Scholarly or academic journals can be further categorized into those that are
Editorially reviewed journals include articles that have been appraised by an editor or board of editors.
Peer-reviewed journals include articles that have been reviewed by experts in a specific field or one’s “peers” in the field. Peer reviewers often make recommendations or revisions to manuscripts submitted for publication.
Scholarly journals can contain a wide variety of articles within each issue.
Empirical research articles are just one type.
The best approach to finding empirical research articles is to search within databases that index scholarly or academic journals covering the subject area of your research.
Milner Library subscribes to many databases that help researchers find citations, abstracts and often full-text articles to a wide variety of resources (scholarly or academic journals, trade journals, popular magazines) including journals containing empirical research articles.
Databases have a broader definition of research than strictly empirical research articles. Some databases are better than others for finding empirical research studies. A good interdisciplinary database to begin with is Academic Search Complete. Each discipline provides specific databases for scholarly research.
Academic Search Complete
A scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,700 publications, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 8,200 journals in the collection
Covers both serial and monographic literature in the following areas of sport: recreation, exercise physiology, sports medicine, coaching, physical fitness, the psychology, history and sociology of sport, training, and conditioning. Seventy percent of the database consists of periodical articles. Updated monthly. Provides citations.
You will want to include the main concepts of the research topic. Then try limiting your search to empirical research articles by typing in keywords such as: survey, study, methodology, data, statistical, or quantitative.