As you search for scholarly articles using library databases, you will come across three types of articles:
Research Articles or Empirical Studies
Article reports on data collected in an experiment or study, and is written by the person who conducted the research. These are considered primary sources.
Article summarizes results of existing studies, and attempts to identify trends and draw larger conclusions. The author may not be the auther of the other studies analyzed. These are considered secondary sources.
Article contributes new theoretical knowledge to a specific discipline.
Overview of types of scholarly articles from Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries.