Answered By: Josh Waltman
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2017     Views: 98

QUANTITATIVE research CAN be measured. Those kind of articles will contain statistical/mathematical formulas that show the numerical methods used to obtain the results of the study.
 
QUALITATIVE research CANNOT be measured, but can only be observed, so the results of those kind of studies will be from direct or indirect observation, and the articles usually won’t contain numerical formulas.
 
To find articles describing qualitative or quantitative studies, try adding the word “qualitative” or “quantitative” to your search using the “subject terms” field. Here’s a video at http://media.liberty.edu/gxc8t showing an example of how to do that in two of our Education databases (ERIC and Education Research Complete).