When scientists and other scholars want to make the results of their work public, they usually begin by publishing them in a scholarly journal with a title like Behavioral Neuroscience, or Developmental Psychology.
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Empirical study articles are reports of original research. They can also include secondary analyses that test hypotheses by presenting novel analyses of data not considered or addressed in previous reports. Empirical studies are generally published in academic, peer-reviewed journals and generally consist of distinct sections that reflect the stages in the research process.
Not to be confused with a “peer reviewed journal,” review articles are an attempt by one or more writers to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the writer searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the “state of the art” as it now stands. Review Articles will teach you about::
Review articles are virtual gold mines if you want to find out what the key articles are for a given topic. If you read and thoroughly digest a good review article, you should be able to “talk the talk” about a given topic. Unlike research articles, review articles are good places to get a basic idea about a topic.
Theoretical articles draw on existing research to advance advance theory.
There are several different sections of reports and/or articles of empirical studies relating to the different steps of the scientific method. When you see articles that include these components you're looking at empirical studies. The components to look for are: