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Writing 101 (Van Bebber): Finding Original Research Articles


Use the Methodology limiter in PsycInfo to narrow to empirical studies (original research).


APA describes the methodology field values found in the PsycInfo and PsycArticles databases.

  • In addition to the Empirical Study limiter, there are also limiters for Clinical Case Study and Treatment Outcome/Clinical Trial.

Web of Science

Choose Article Limit under Document Types

  • Search for your topic.
  • On the results list page, look at Document Types.
  • Select the Article limit. 


Use Advanced Search Functionality

Science Direct Advanced Search

Check Article - for results that are Original Research articles

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