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Psychology: Research Methods (PSY33-214)|

Spring 2021

PsycINFO contains Empirical Research Articles

An empirical article is a research article that reports the results of a study that uses data derived from actual observation or experimentation.



Characteristics of an Peer-Reviewed Empirical Article:

  • A statement of the research question.
  • Empirical articles will include charts, graphs, or statistical analysis.
  • Empirical research articles are usually substantial, are likely to be quite long.
  • Analysis of the results of the data gathered.
  • Discussion and conclusion.
  • There is always a bibliography/references found at the end of the article.
  •  These journal are also called “peer-reviewed,” or “refereed” publications.  Examples include:  American Journal of Psychology, Psychological Methods,  Psychological Perspectives


Tutorial:  How to Find Three Peer-Reviewed Empirical Journal Articles in PsycINFO