Are you doing psychology research? Began your search in this database as it offers current, peer-reviewed resources from top journals in psychology. Psychology 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. A quick way to narrow to empirical research is "case study" in advance search available in ProQuest/EBSCO databases.
ProQuest's Social Science Journals has a lot of academic content from the social sciences. One can find academic journals, news and magazine articles, and reports in this database. Also, information from these sources is top notch, in other words, it is current and reliable. If you need to see your topic from multiple perspectives, then Social Science Database is the place to start.
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. Looking for empirical research? Use "empirical research" as a subject term in advance search.
Books provide in-depth information on a topic. Not a finding a book on your topic? Use a book’s index to find pages that discuss your topic or scan the table of contents for book chapters. The best part about eBooks most support keyword searching so you can quickly identify the most important parts.
Look for this database at the bottom of the EBSCOhost Choose Database list