Information in the database record can also help you determine whether the article presents original research.
Below is a record from the PsycINFO database. In the abstract it provides details about the study conducted. Additionally, the Methodology field identifies the type of article as an empirical study.
Sutherland, K. & Bryant, R. (2007) Autobiographical memory in posttraumatic stress disorder before and after treatment. Behavior & Research Therapy, 45(12), 2915-2923. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2007.08.009.