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Are you doing sociology research? Do you a journal article with empirical research? Start here. Sociology Database offers current, peer-reviewed sources from core journals indexed in Sociological Abstracts. The hallmark of empirical research is original results. Avoid journal articles or studies that review research or literature. A quick way to narrow to empirical research is "case study" in advance search available in ProQuest/EBSCO databases.
This database is worth a look ... it offers current, peer-reviewed resources from top journals in the Social sciences. Social Science researchers often cite journal articles that have empirical research. The hallmark of empirical research is original results. Avoid journal articles or studies that review research or literature.
Academic Search is a good all around database. It has a ton of content including peer-review sources. One can do a preliminary search on a topic to see what current research there is or what potential sources there are. Try using Advance Search and "empirical research" as a subject term.
Empirical Study Defined
"Empirical studies are reports of original research. These include secondary analysis that hypotheses by presenting novel analyses of data not considered or addressed in previous reports." (Publication manual, 2010, p. 10)
The table below includes some but not all possible search terms for empirical research.
Librarian tip -keep a search simple by using two or three search terms. For example - child and parent and study.