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Empirical research articles are sometimes difficult to locate in the library's databases. The following tips and resources will help you get 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.
Click "Advanced Search" and enter your search terms. Scroll down to "Journal or Document" and select "Journal Articles". For "Publication Type" select "Information Analyses". Other publication types to try are "Numerical/Quantitative Data" and "Reports - Research".
Click "Advanced Search" and enter your search terms. Search "study OR methodology OR data..." in the "AB Abstract or Author-Supplied Abstract" field.
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:
Use EndNote Web to create a personal database of references to articles, books and other research sources - create an account to begin. You must be on campus or connected to the campus network through VPN to create an account.You must also connect to the campus computer network either in-person or through VPN every 12 months to renew the cookie that authorizes your access to EndNote Web.
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Download Zotero Standalone as a separate application or install as a Firefox extension to begin.