When searching for empirical research, it can be helpful to use terms that relate to the method used in empirical research in addition to keywords that describe your topic. For example:
You might also try using terms related to the type of instrument used:
You can also narrow your results to peer-review. Usually databases have a peer-review check box that you can select. To learn more about peer review, see our related guide:
Some databases give you the option to do an advanced search by methodology, where you can choose "empirical study" as a type. Here's an example from PsycInfo:
Other filters includes things like document type, age group, population, language, and target audience. You can use these to narrow your search and get more relevant results.
Part of our Databasics YouTube series, this short video shows you how to limit by methodology in ProQuest's PsycInfo + PsycArticles database.
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