Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 5 Empirical Research

Hello students hope you are all doing well,

Week 5 focuses on Empirical Research.

Empirical - based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic (Oxford English Dictionary, 2015)
The Scientific Method has it basis on empirical research. Making calculations based on observation experience rather than just theory.
Empirical research generates knowledge derived from observation or experimentation as opposed to theoryTypically, empirical research articles are written in a standardized format that outline the research study or experiment and include the following sections:AbstractIntroduction and Literature ReviewMethodsResultsDiscussion or Conclusion
References (or literature cited)

For Academic Search Premier I would recommend using Emperical research as a keyword and then in the following keyword box type your subject.

Other possible searches are "empirical evidence" or even "observation"

Using Empirical evidence as a keyword search you should see Empirical research as a keyword in bold for the articles you examine. For your assignment paragraph I would like to see in your paper what material did the authors link to empirical research? what did they observe or examine?

Possible research questions to think about for your assignment:

What is the research study about?
What is the topic or focus?
How is the research conducted? What is the research method used?
What did the authors conclude?
What were the findings/ results?

NOTE: You do not have to check the peer review box and you do not have to have the other keywords such as metadata or qualitative or quantitive in your article. It might pop up in your article but it is not required for the article to be used.

If you know for a fact that your article is an empirical research article you do not even have to include it as a keyword in your search. Try replacing emperical research with the word observation to see the search results.

Happy hunting!

Mr Mac

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