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PSY 110: Psychological Well-Being: Empirical Research/PsycINFO

This LibGuide will provide information and resources on the Compare & Contrast Critique assignment for PSY 110 HA.



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Empirical Research

Empirical research reports the results of a study that uses data derived from actual observation or experimentation.

An empirical research article typically includes the following sections:

  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

The following methodologies are examples of empirical research and therefore,  primary sources; the methodology is usually included in the detailed record of an article and can be found by clicking on the title of an article in the database.

  • Empirical study
  • Quantitative study
  • Qualitative study
  • Clinical study
  • Longitudinal study

Note:  A "literature review" is not considered empirical research. 

Articles on empirical research can be accessed by completing a search in the library databases, such as PsycINFO (see link below).

How to find Empirical Articles in EBSCO/PsycINFO

IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE VIDEO BELOW, select PsycINFO instead of selecting all of the databases available in EBSCO.

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Empirical Reserach Article Example

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