Empirical research studies will be found in peer reviewed, scholarly/academic journals. However, not all peer reviewed articles are empirical research studies.
Carefully look over articles to determine if they are empirical. This What Kind of Article Do I Need guide may prove helpful in clarifying the various types of articles available through the CSU Library. Below are other indications of an empirical article.
The abstract will mention a study, an observation, an analysis, or a number of participants or subjects.
Data is often collected through a methodology or method such as: from a survey or questionnaire, an assessment or system of measurement, or through participant interviews
As you search for empirical research studies, you will see most feature section headings like these:
In addition, you will likely also see these types of articles feature more than one author and the article's length will be substantial, typically three or more pages.