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Women & The Law: Scholarly Articles in Women and Law

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What is an Empirical Article?

For this assignment you will need to find an empirical article. What is an empirical article? An empirical article reports on research conducted by the author or authors. The research can be based on observations or experiments. What types of research make an article empirical? An empirical article may report a study that used quantitative research methods, which generate numerical data and seek to establish causal relationships between two or more variables. They may also report on a study that uses qualitative research methods, which objectively and critically analyze behaviors, beliefs, feelings, or values with few or no numerical data available for analysis How can I tell if an article is empirical? Check the publication in which the article appears. Is it scholarly? The vast majority of empirical articles will be in scholarly journals. Read the article's abstract. Does it include details of a study, observation, or analysis of a number of participants or subjects? Look at the article itself. Is it more than three pages long? Most empirical articles will be fairly lengthy. Look at the article itself. If it contains a subsection marked "Methodology" and another called "Results," it is probably empirical. If you're still unsure, consult Dr. Scott or a librarian. How can I search for these articles? There is no quick way to limit your searches only to articles that review empirical studies (or to empirical studies themselves). You will have to do keyword searches, then review article abstracts in order to determine the nature of each. To run keyword searches, use the databases listed on the "Finding Empirical Articles" tab.

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