An empirical research article is a type of primary source that reports research based on an actual observation or experiment. These articles are typically found in academic or scholarly journals and will normally contain these sections:
The sections may be combined together or go by slightly different names. Given how much content is covered, these articles tend to be long.
If you are uncertain if you have found such an article, consult with your instructor or a librarian.
Using "empirical" as a keyword will find some studies, but miss many others. Below is a list of keywords that can also be helpful in locating specific types of empirical studies. However, if you aren't looking for a specific type of research you will have to read the abstracts and methodology sections to see if the paper qualifies (See What is Empirical Research.)
Finding Empirical Research in ERIC
ERIC does not have a simple method to locate empirical research. Using "empirical" as a keyword will find some studies, but miss others. One technique is to search for "Research Reports":
If you prefer scholarly journals, look to the left side of the results screen. Under "Source Type," choose "Scholarly Journals"
Finding Empirical Research in ProQuest One
The best way to find Empirical studies in ProQuest One is to use the type of research you are looking for on one of the search lines. See the tab on 'Finding Empirical Research Articles' for other terms you can use to find empirical studies. There is a way to narrow down document type to reports, but these will return government and non-profit reports as well as empirical studies, which can be tedious to comb through.
Finding Empirical Research in JSTOR
The best way to find Empirical studies in JSTOR is to use the type of research you are looking for on one of the search lines. See the tab on 'Finding Empirical Research Articles' for other terms you can use to find empirical studies. JSTOR has a very narrow selection of limiters, so be sure to construct a specific, narrow search. One benefit of using JSTOR is that all of the articles are peer reviewed.