Answered By: Desk Librarian
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2015     Views: 60

Thanks for contacting the library!

You didn't mention what area of statistics you are working in (business, social work, etc.), or the topic that you want to find statistics about. As a result, I'm not sure which resource to use in order to show you what to do. For the purposes of this reply, I'm going to assume that you could use the psychology database PsycINFO. With that assumption, here are the steps:

  • Go the library's home page, mouseover the tab "Frequently Used Resources," and select PsycINFO.
  • You will need to know what area of psychology you are interested in researching, and enter that in the search box (for example: narcissism)
  • Now, scroll down the page and choose these search options:
  • Check the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Articles" box
  • In the "Date of Publication" box, enter "2009" in the first "Year" box. You can leave the second box blank, since you will take any article AFTER 2009.
  • In the "Methodology" box, select "EMPIRICAL STUDY"
  • Now click Search.
  • You will have results that:
    • Contain the word "narcissism"
    • Are found in articles considered scholarly and peer-reviewed
    • Were published in 2009 or later
    • Are considered empirical studies

If your topic is not psychology, you will need to use a different database. Some databases are better than others in letting you limit to "empirical study" articles. If the database you need to use does not have the "empirical study" limiter, it will be harder to find only these kinds of articles. If this is the case, I would recommend that you contact a librarian with the specifics of your research and let us help you directly--either face to face in the library or by telephone (724-938-4094).

I hope this helps!

Loring Prest
Electronic Resources Librarian

Comments (1)

  1. Thank you SO much! It is in psychology and this helped tremendously.
    by maria on Feb 26, 2012.

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