The method for finding empirical research articles varies depending upon the database* being used.
1. The PsycARTICLES database (from the APA) includes a Methodology filter that can be used to identify empirical studies. Look for the filter on the Advanced Search screen. To see a list and description of all of the of methodology filter options in PsycARTICLES visit the APA Databases Methodology Field Values page.
2. When using databases that do not provide a methodology filter—including ProQuest Psychology Journals and Academic Search Complete—experiment with using keywords to retrieve articles on your topic that contain empirical research. For example:
Qualitative research can be challenging to find as these methodologies are not always well-indexed in the databases. Here are some suggested keywords for retrieving articles that include qualitative research.
*Recommended databases are listed on the Databases: Find Journal Articles page of this guide.