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COMM U490 - Senior Seminar in Communication: Research

Communications Senior Seminar LibGuide


Research is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish acts and reach new conclusions." Throughout college you will be required to do research and write papers for most of your classes providing you with an opportunity to learn a valuable set of skills. The ability to locate, evaluate and reinterpret information, which is the essence of research, is a life skill and large part of what your college experience is about.  There are several steps and hints that can make the research process more manageable. Our goal at USC Upstate it to help make our students Information Literate, that is people who can use the library and do research effectively. As with most things the more you practice the better you get, research is a skill that must be practiced and developed.

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.

Anecdotal vs. Emperical

Qualitative VS Quantitative

Qualitative VS Quantitative

Qualitative vs Quanitative

Qualitative vs Quantitative Research Info Graphic