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Psychology -- PSY 550: Introduction

Empirical Studies vs. Abstracts

Empirical Studies--

  • Are primary source pieces of peer-reviewed research where original data have been collected, analyzed, and interpreted  
  • Follow a specific format with subheadings labeled Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References


  • Are one-paragraph summaries of research studies that appear at the beginning of an empirical study

Psychology 550

Interventions Art/Music Installation 2011

40th Aniversary of the Academy Library "Interventions" Event

Project Overview

For your research review project, you will need to find 2 or 3 empirical studies and 8 journal abstracts dealing with the topic you have chosen to research.  Search the databases listed on the Finding Psychology Journals page of this guide to find psychology journals that publish these studies.

If you come across an unfamiliar term or concept as you are reading an empirical study, check The Concise Dictionary of Psychology, one of the library's online reference sources, to find a quick definition or explanation. We also have the APA's Dictionary of Psychology on the Reference shelf on the main floor of the library.

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Scholarly Article

Subject Guide

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