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Empirical Research: General Studies Research

Empirical Research

  • Reports research based on experience, observation or experiment
  • Tests a hypothesis against real data
  • May use quantitative research methods that generate numerical data to establish causal relationships between variables 
  • May use qualitative research methods that analyze behaviors, beliefs, feelings, or values 


In the PsycARTICLES database there is a special section called Methodology that can be selected to filter for empirical research.

Empirical Research

For empirical research on topics like psychology and sociology, there are some great research databases to explore. 

In each database, select the box for Peer Reviewed or Scholarly Peer Reviewed Journals to help filter the results to the type of publication that would have empirical research.

Some additional research database options include:


As you move through your research, if you have questions on selecting a topic or verification of a source, please feel free to connect with the course professor. The course professor is the resource for clarification of course content and assignment expectations.