Sample research question: Why am I a shopaholic?!
A literature review is a critical summary of what the scientific literature says about a topic. The authors are reviewing research articles or studies that have been conducted on the topic. This is a great place to start your research, but note that you may not find a literature review on every topic.
An empirical research article reports the results of a study that uses data derived from actual observation or experimentation. The authors of the article conducted the research themselves. The articles usually contain the following elements:
How has the Internet fueled shopping addiction?
In PsycInfo, limit your search by Methodology to search for review or empirical articles.
Use the Thesaurus to search for the preferred terminology of the database. Sometimes your keywords won't match.