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PSY 161: Fundamentals of Psychology: Finding Additional Empirical Articles

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Primary Sources: Empirical Research Articles

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

An empirical research article typically includes the following sections:

  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

The following  methodologies are examples of empirical research and therefore,  primary sources:

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

Articles on empirical research can be accessed by completing a search in the library databases, such as PsycINFO (see below). You can locate the methodology of an article in PsycINFO by clicking on the title of the article and looking at the detailed record.

How to Use PsycINFO

PsycINFO is a psychology database available through the Saint Leo library.  (Step-by-step instructions on using PsycINFO for this assignment are in the documents 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.

Secondary Sources: Literature Review Articles

 

A literature review is an in-depth critical study of the "literature," or published material, in a narrowly defined area.

Scholars and professionals use literature reviews as useful reports that keep them up-to-date in their field. The depth and breadth of the literature review emphasizes the credibility of the writer in his or her field. Keep in mind that a literature review has a clear focus but is not its own study and does not attempt to contribute new information to the existing literature. (Source: Purchase College Learning Center)

The PsycINFO database contains Literature Review articles.

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