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FYS 100-02 (SP 2023): Carrico - Disabilities, Differences, and Disorders: DDDP

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Finding Documentaries on Disabilities

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The "card catalog" of the A.C. Buehler Library. Use this resource to find books, journal titles, movies, and music owned by Elmhurst University, and information about items located in 80 academic and research libraries in Illinois.

This handy video explains how to get started with BlueJay Search. Reach out to the Reference Desk via chat from the library homepage or email at

Finding Empirical Articles

Using the Advanced Search Box, scroll down and do the following:

  • Check the Peer Reviewed Box
  • Limit your search to the last 10 years
  • Remember to create a list of sources using the Cite feature on the right toolbar
    • Choose APA Style for your presentation

Recognizing Empirical Articles

You are being asked to locate and use articles that are "empirical research". Empirical research uses data derived from actual observation or experimentation.

To determine if an article is an empirical research article, use these guidelines (from USF's guide listed below):

  • What is the name of the journal? Popular magazines like Newsweek or Time don’t publish empirical research articles; publications like the Journal of Educational Research or the Journal of Educational Psychology do.
  • How long is the article? An empirical research article is usually substantial, not 1 or 2 pages.
  • Does the article contain references to other works? Serious researchers always cite their sources.
  • Does the abstract of the article contain variations of the words study, measure, subjects, data, survey, or statistical to describe the empirical research?

Here are some resources that explain what empirical research is.