Remember that if you're doing research on current topics, your research should be limited to more recent journal articles. Some of these databases have articles ranging back as far as the early 1900's, and JSTOR doesn't generally include articles more recent than 3-5 years ago. If you're not sure how far to go back in your research, ask your professor.
You can also use any database to limit by date:
A very extensive database covering all topics in educational research. Note you can also limit, before or after your search, to Academic Journals or Peer-reviewed items.
PLEASE NOTE: ERIC contains not only journal articles (EJ), but government reports, books, book chapters, conference papers, etc. (ED). When you find a good title, be sure and note what type of material it is. (Most ED items are available online, via the "Full Text from ERIC" link. If it’s a book or a chapter within a book, we may have it in print-- search our catalog.)
JSTOR - info
Includes archives of over 80 Education journals. Complete journal runs have been digitized; recent issues are now available for selected journal titles. This is an entirely full-text database, so searching will produce lots of results, but you will be able to access the complete article in every case.
PsycINFO - info
A very extensive psychology database that will be useful to anyone looking at cognition or psychology and educational development. Note that you can limit to Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed, before you search.
Academic Search Premier - info
A general database that indexes articles in academic journals, newspapers and magazines covering nearly all academic disciplines. Note that you can limit to Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed, before you search.
ProQuest Research Library (Social Sciences module) - info
This general database indexes fewer Education journals than ERIC, but it is worth a try. Note that you can limit to scholarly journals and/or peer-reviewed material, before you search.