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Is it empirical?
It's likely empirical IF:
It appears in a scholarly/peer-reviewed journal
The researchers gathered data
Look in: Abstract, Method(ology) section
Can be quantitative (most surveys) and/or qualitative (interviews, focus groups)
Authors report on an experiment/observation
It has these normal sections (may vary):
Literature review, even if in scholarly journal (authors only use published sources)
Use these to point you to other sources & get topic background!
Theoretical article, even if in scholarly journal
Essay, even if in scholarly journal
Gray area (check with your professor):
Scholarly/peer-reviewed article in which authors analyze data someone else collected ("secondary data analysis")