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You can search for empirical research articles in many databases by including the phrases ("empirical research" OR "empirical study") and limiting to peer-reviewed articles. You can also include specific types of empirical research in your search, such as ("qualitative research" OR "quantitative research"). Some databases provide more precise search options.  

In PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES, you can limit your search by methodology. Select Advanced Search and in the "Limit your results" section, scroll down to Methodology and select EMPIRICAL STUDY. You can also select specific types of empirical studies, such as follow-up or longitudinal studies. You can also search DE "Empirical Methods" and your topic.

In SocINDEX you can add it to your search as a subject or descriptor phrase. Search DE "EMPIRICAL research" OR DE "QUALITATIVE research" OR DE "QUANTITATIVE research" and your topic. For even more results, simply search for the keyword empirical without choosing a field along with your topic.

In ScienceDirect, go to the Advanced search page and select Research articles under Article types. This will limit your results to original research articles.