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PSYC1001 Introductory Psychology

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Empirical Research

Empirical Research is based on actual and objective observation and experimentation rather than theories or beliefs.

Empirical research articles should describe & discuss the results of empirical research studies. These articles can be found in academic (peer-reviewed) journals and often contain the following sections:

  • Abstract (Summary)
  • Introduction (Including literature review)
  • Methods or Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion and/or Conclusion
  • References (Bibliography)

Parts of an Annotated Bibliography

An annonation may include some or all of these parts: 

  • a citation to the source 
  • qualifications of the author(s)
  • purpose or scope of the work
  • topics covered
  • summary of findings or conclusions
  • audience or reading level
  • bias or standpoint of author(s)
  • relationship to works in the field
  • format/special features
  • relevance to your own research

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