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Education Studies Research

This guide provides resources for educational research aimed at students enrolled in research programs at OISE.

What is empirical research?

You may choose to include empirical articles in your research analysis. Empirical research articles are based on the author's direct study or experiments. In an empirical study, researchers will collect qualitative or quantitative data and analyze their results to answer a specific research question. While a literature review or theory paper will summarize or expound upon existing research, empirical research will include original research conducted by the article author(s), and is therefore considered to be primary research. The following resources will help you identify and locate empirical research articles.

Locating Empirical Research 

Most research databases do not have a filter for empirical research. You can narrow your search for empirical articles by including keywords in your search. The resources below will help you to identify and utilize search terms to summon empirical articles.

Where can I find education-related data and statistics?

Consult the Data and Statistics in Education guide from the OISE Library.