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Empirical Study Defined 

"Empirical studies are reports of original research. These include secondary analysis that hypotheses by presenting novel analyses of data not considered or addressed in previous reports." (Publication manual, 2010, p. 10)
The table below includes some but not all possible search terms for empirical research.
Librarian tip -  keep a search simple by using two or three search terms. For example - child and parent and study. 

"Empirical research" search terms

Research Case study
Study Report
Observation Cross-cultural studies 
Survey Bibliography
Experiment Findings
Subjects Participants
Longitudinal study Participant group