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SOCY U302 - Sociological Research Methods: Types of Research & Studies


Qualitative VS Quantitative

Qualitative VS Quantitative

What is an Empirical Article?

•	Is the article published in an academic, scholarly, or professional journal?  •	Does the abstract of the article mention a study, an observation, an analysis or a number of participants or subjects •	Empirical articles normally contain these sections: 1.	Introduction-The introduction provides a very brief summary of the research. 2.	Methodology-The method section describes how the research was conducted, including who the participants were, the design of the study, what the participants did, and what measures were used. 3.	Results-The results section describes the outcomes of the measures of the study. 4.	Discussion-The discussion section contains the interpretations and implications of the study. 5.	Conclusion- 6.	References-A reference section contains information about the articles and books cited in the report and should be substantial. •	How long is the article? An empirical article is usually substantial; it is normally seven or more pages long. When in doubt if an article is an empirical research article, share the article citation and abstract with your professor or a librarian so that we can help you become better at recognizing the differences between empirical research and other types of scholarly articles.