How To: Empirical Research

Most databases will let you limit your search to articles that are:

  • scholarly
  • academic
  • peer-reviewed
  • report

Most, but not all, of these will be empirical studies.


To further focus your search, try adding one of the following terms to your search (try different combinations):

  • study
  • methodology (or method)
  • empirical
  • research
  • findings
  • results
  • participants

For example, to find empirical studies on cancer and smoking, I might try this:

cancer and smoking AND methodology