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Types of Research Articles


  • Quantitative research–systematic, empirical observation, followed by the application of statistical tests. Other terms to try include empirical study, original research, empirical research, and statistical analysis.
  • Empirical research–any research involving the collection of new data. Other terms to try include empirical study, original research, and quantitative research.
  • Literature review–summarizes previous important literature on a particular topic. Other terms to try include research review.
  • Meta analysis–takes the results of several existing studies and analyzes them in a new way looking for previously unnoticed patterns or trends. Other terms to try include action based research, action research, and practicum.
  • Qualitative research–research providing detailed narrative descriptions and explanations of phenomena investigated, with lesser emphasis given to numerical quantifications.
  • Case study–detailed analyses focusing on a particular problem of an individual, group, or organization. Other terms to try include cross sectional studies, facility case studies, longitudinal studies, and case records.




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