Answered By: Erin Gabrielson
Last Updated: Apr 02, 2017     Views: 24125

You can find quantitative articles by searching in the Library databases using methodology terms as search keywords. To find a quantitative study, possible keywords include the type of study, data analysis type, or terminology used to describe the results.



Example keywords:


  • Chi square

  • Correlation

  • Data



  • Distribution

  • Experiment

  • Pretest

  • Posttest



  • Quantitative

  • Reliability

  • Statistical

  • T-test



  • Time series

  • Validity

  • Variable

  • Variance


The following search uses Thoreau, our multi-database search tool, to find examples of quantitative research studies. However, you can search in any article or dissertation database for quantitative studies.

1.  On the Library homepage, click the Articles by Topic button.

Link to Articles by Topic page

2.  Scroll down to Search multiple databases box and the click the link for: Thoreau Multi-Database Search 

3.  If you have not already logged in to the Library databases, you will be prompted to log in with your myWalden Portal user name and password.

4.  Type the methodology terms in the first search box. Use as many alternative terms as are relevant to your search. Use the remaining search box(es) to narrow your search to a specific topic of interest. For example:

First search box:

Quantitative OR Statistic* OR Correlation*


  • Connecting the alternative terms with OR tells the database to search for any of these terms.

  • Using the asterisk (*) truncates the search. This means that the database will search for the part of the word you typed before the asterisk, along with any possible endings of the word. Using statistic* tells the database to search for statistics, statistical, etc.

Second search box:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Note: Some methodologies are rarely used for certain research topics. You may need to broaden your search topic to find a study that uses your methodology.

To find more results, change the Select a Field (optional) drop-down menu to TX All Text. This is especially helpful when searching for a very specific type of study design. For example:

First search box:

Pretest AND Posttest

Note: Connecting these terms with AND tells the database to search for both of these words.

To the right of that, change the Select a Field (optional) drop-down menu to TX All Text.

5.  Click the Search button.


Many articles and dissertations will include methodology terms in the abstract or title. To make sure that you have an example of your methodology, be sure to look at the methodology section in the full text. This will provide detailed information about the methodology used.


Watch a video showing how to search for a quantitative article in the Library databases:

Video: Find Quantitative Articles

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