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EDP593A - Empirical Studies: Home

A research guide to help students in Dr Karen E. Rambo-Hernandez's EDP593A course locate and analyze empirical studies.

What are Empirical Studies?

Research based studies that rely on observations and experimentation. Look for:

  • Peer Reviewed
  • Charts, Graphs, and/or Statistical Analysis
  • Definition of Population, Behavior, or Phenomena
  • Description of Study Process
  • Sections: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Method/Methodology, Results, Discussion, References

Empirical research articles are sometimes difficult to locate in the library's databases. The following tips and resources will help you get started.

Getting Started

Before beginning your search:

  • Create a Clear Search Statement
  • Create a List of Search Terms/Keywords
  • Create a Search Strategy using Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT)

Resources @ WVU

Empirical research articles are available via the following databases. Be sure to select "Peer Reviewed" and to limit your search where appropriate. Additional tips are given for each database to assist you.

Citation Management Tools

As you locate articles, the WVU Libraries encourage you to use a Citation Management Tool. These tools can help you collect, organize, and share references and can help increase productivity. Learn more:

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This guide was created by Visiting Librarian Chanelle Pickens (