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Issue Brief: Empirical Research

Joanna Wolfe

University of Louisville

Empirical research is data or observation-driven research that uses inductive reasoning based on systematic observations. Examples of empirical research include case studies, ethnographies, interviews, surveys, archival research and quasi-experimental research.

Leading Journals

Written Communication

Research in the Teaching of English

Journal of Business and Technical Communication

Journal of Writing Research

Technical Communication Quarterly

Relevant Organizations

CCC Research Committee

Research Network Forum

Qualitative Research Network

Relevant Email Discussion Lists

There is no specific list for empirical research; however, the issue does come up occasionally on ATTW-L and WPA-L.

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