Empirical research is published in books and in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. However, most library databases do not offer straightforward ways to locate empirical research.
To find empirical articles in PsycINFO (ProQuest version):
ERIC does not have a simple method to locate empirical research. Using "empirical" as a keyword will find some studies, but miss others. One technique is to search for "Research Reports":
If you prefer scholarly journals, look to the left side of the results screen. Under "Source Type," choose "Scholarly Journals."
An alternative is to use terminology recommended by the ERIC thesaurus. Some useful keywords are:
CINAHL (EBSCO version) does not have a simple method to locate empirical research. One technique is to search for "evidence-based practice" items. This method tends to find meta-analyses and systematic reviews that combine the results of numerous studies:
Another alternative is to use terminology recommended by the CINAHL Subject Headings list. Some useful keywords are:
There are 2 ways to find empirical articles in Medline:
One technique is to limit your search results after you perform a search:
Another alternative is to construct a more sophisticated search: