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Issue Brief: Empirical Research - Previous Revision

Joanna Wolfe

University of Louisville

joanna.wolfe@louisville.edu

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  http://wcx.sagepub.com/

Research in the Teaching of English  http://www.ncte.org/journals/rte/issues

Journal of Business and Technical Communication http://jbt.sagepub.com/

Journal of Writing Research http://www.jowr.org/

Technical Communication Quarterly  http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10572252.asp

Relevant Organizations

CCC Research Committee http://www.ncte.org/cccc/committees/research

Research Network Forum http://www.rnfonline.com/blog/

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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