EDUC 5351 Course Guide:Empirical/Research Articles

Scholarly Article Types

Academic/Scholarly Journals

When researching a topic one crucial set of resources to consider are academic or scholarly journals where expert professional researchers and scholars publish their research in articles. Many of these publications are peer reviewed which help maintain quality and accuracy of the content published. You can search our library databases for scholarly and peer reviewed articles for use in your research papers.

Article Types

Within scholarly journals you will find different types of articles. Depending on your needs, knowing these different types will help you find the resources you need for your research. These types include:

  • Literature Reviews
  • Research Articles (aka Empirical Articles)
  • Case Studies
  • Meta Analysis
  • Commentary
  • Theoretical or Conceptual, and Professional Communications
  • Book Reviews
  • Letters to the Editor

See the video below for a quick overview of these types.

Identifying Empirical Research Articles

Research articles all follow a similar structure. You can identify articles of this type by looking at the sections they contain. Most research articles contain the following sections:

  • Header 
  • Introduction 
  • Methods 
  • Results 
  • Discussion 
  • Conclusion 
  • References 

Here's a video discussing each of these parts

Literature Review Articles

Literature Reviews

Another good source of research articles is Literature Reviews. Literature reviews gathers academic articles that discuss a group of research projects implemented in a certain area as they pertain to answering a specific research question. These articles will contain references to original research all done to answer a specific question. Reading literature reviews will give you an idea of the the work done in one specific area as well as one professional perspective on this set of research. Look to the Reference List of these articles to find research articles. You can search for the title of these articles by conducting a Quick Search from the library's homepage.