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ESC193 - First Year Seminar

Welcome

Welcome to the library guide for your Exercise Science First Year Seminar. This guide will help you familiar yourself with types of database articles - in particular, empirical research articles. It also provides links to key library databases for Exercise Science Research. 

Finding Research Articles

What is an Empirical Article?

One hallmark of an empirical article is that the authors discuss data which they have collected themselves by conducting a study. These studies are published in academic journals.

Empirical articles typically include these sections (not all articles include all sections; or sections may be labeled differently or not at all):

  • Abstract
  • Introduction/Literature Review
  • Method
    • Participants
    • Measures
    • Procedures
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References

Kinds of Articles You Will Find in Databases

Type of Article Audience of Article Purpose of Article
Magazine  General Public Overview of topic in everyday terms
Trade Publication Professionals in the Field Continuting Education and Best Practices for Professionals
Literature Review Scholars and Students Describe all the latest research on a topic
Empirical Research Article Scholars and Students Describe an original research project and report the findings of the study

 

Questions to Ask About Articles

We'll break up into groups and compare the articles below. Try to answer the following questions for each article.

  • Who is the author(s)? Who does s/he work for? What are her/his qualifications?
  • What is the purpose?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Where is it published (write down the publication title)? What type of publication is this?
  • Is it empirical? Why or why not?

Article #1

What Type of Article is This?
Magazine: 27 votes (72.97%)
Trade Publication: 8 votes (21.62%)
Literature Review: 0 votes (0%)
Empirical Research Article: 2 votes (5.41%)
Total Votes: 37

Article #2

What Type of Article is This?
Magazine: 0 votes (0%)
Trade Publication: 0 votes (0%)
Literature Review: 9 votes (21.95%)
Empirical Research Article: 32 votes (78.05%)
Total Votes: 41

Article #3

What Type of Article is This?
Magazine: 41 votes (95.35%)
Trade Publication: 1 votes (2.33%)
Literature Review: 0 votes (0%)
Empirical Research Article: 1 votes (2.33%)
Total Votes: 43

Article #4

What Type of Article is This?
Magazine: 1 votes (2.08%)
Trade Publication: 0 votes (0%)
Literature Review: 5 votes (10.42%)
Empirical Research Article: 42 votes (87.5%)
Total Votes: 48

Research Databases

Key Databases for Exercise Science