As a student at the College of Southern Maryland, faculty may instruct you to read and analyze empirical articles when writing a research paper. How can you recognize an empirical article in an academic discipline? The research may use quantitative research methods, which generate numerical data and seek to establish causal relationships between two or more variables.¹ Empirical research articles may use qualitative research methods, which objectively and critically analyze behaviors, beliefs, feelings, or values with few or no numerical data for analysis.²
¹"Quantitative research" A Dictionary of Nursing. Oxford University Press, 2008. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. University of La Verne. 25 August 2009
²"Qualitative analysis" A Dictionary of Public Health. Ed. John M. Last, Oxford University Press, 2007. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. University of La Verne. 25 August 2009
Emory University nurse Kathy Parker conducting sleep research. The subject is gospel singer Catrarious 'Tre' Jones. He has renal disease.. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Accessed Jan 18, 2017.
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