Empirical research is based on observed and measured phenomena and derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief.
Key characteristics to look for:
How do I find empirical research on my topic?
Empirical research is published in books and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. The Library has several databases you can use to locate peer-reviewed articles from scholarly journals.
Some databases allow you to limit your search by methodology. Or, try adding the keywords “empirical research” or just “empirical.”
Databases for empirical research:
Sociological Abstracts (Sociology)
Adapted from Empirical Research Tutorial from Mississippi State University