An empirical research article reports the results of a study that uses data derived from actual observation or experimentation. It often includes the following sections:
Empirical studies often include charts, graphs, or statistical analysis and are published in scholarly/ academic journals, also called “peer-reviewed,” or “refereed” journals. Articles published in these journals are often written by scholars or experts in academic or professional fields, and go through a strict evaluation/ review process before getting published.
Database Search Strategies
Examples of Scholarly Journals include: American Journal of Sociology; Sociological Methods and Research. And you can find empirical research articles in many library subscribed databases. Try the databases listed above.
Let's take a look at one such article:
Wolfson, M "Electronic cigarette use by college students." Drug and alcohol dependence 131.3 (2013): 214-221.