Answered By: Joanne Comerford
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2016     Views: 67

An empirical article is a research article that reports the results of a study that uses data based on actual observation or experimentation. Some guidelines which indicate an empirical article are:

  • The article is published in an academic, scholarly or professional journal
  • The abstract of the article mentions a study, an observation, an analysis or a number of participants or subjects
  • An empirical article is usually substantial; normally three or more pages long
  • Empirical articles normally contain sections: introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, references.

Many databases use terms such as: study or studies, reports, evidence based, research reports as well as empirical study to indicate empirical articles.

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