To determine whether a journal is peer-reviewed, consult Ulrichsweb (Global Serials Directory). To determine impact factors, consult Journal Citation Reports -- journals relevant to music therapy are likely to be in the Social Sciences Edition, and impact factors are listed by year. Acceptance percentages are not as easily determined on a global scale, but this information can sometimes be obtained on the journal website or from the journal's editor.
Z 6941 .U5 (Ref. Desk Collection) . This directory provides detailed and authoritative information on serials published worldwide. It indicates whether a publication is refereed or is indexed.
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Identifying Empirical Research
Finding empirical research articles is a critical skill for students in behavioral disciplines. The best way to identify whether or not an article is an empirical research study is to examine the source directly and confirm that it has the key elements of such a study. A typical empirical study will have the following five sections, with the terminology sometimes varying. Sometimes introduction and literature review will be merged; sometimes either section might not be labeled. Sometimes a separate conclusions section may be added.
Absolutely necessary are the three core sections: methods, results, discussion. Some of the typical variants are listed below. If these three components are not found in the article, it is NOT an empirical study.
Methodology / Methods / Research Design
Data / Results
Discussion / Interpretation / Analysis
Choose "Scholarly" or "Peer-Reviewed" when searching a database
Add the word "research" or "study" to your search topic
Adapted from "ECC 543 -- Single Subject Research Design" at Shippensburg University, by Kirk Moll. http://library.ship.edu/eec543. Used with permission.