Researching HR Issues

Use these databases to find articles & books on HR topics.  You'll find a range of materials including brief news, how to practice oriented materials and scholarly research. 

  Falvey Book Search
You will find many ebooks on relevant topics!

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

  Conference Board Business & Economics Portfolio
Browse "Business Management Research" for reports and studies on several relevant HR topics.

  Google Scholar


  Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial

Search Tip: Thesauri

HR professionals use specialize terminologies and jargon in their professional practice and it is subject to change.  You need to be able to search using this vocabulary.  Using database thesauri is a great way to dive into the literature.

thesaurus in ABI Inform thesaurus in Business Source Premier

Search Tips: Fields and Publication Types

Use the drop down menus to limit your search to fields.  You can search for articles only about named organizations or tagged with the subject terms found in the thesaurus.

Refine your search by limiting to scholarly articles for research or magazines and trade magazines for professional or practice oriented materials.

Search Tip: Citations

Use in database citation tools to generate APA citations.

Always check the citation against an authoritative model.

Save time by making citations as you go rather than tracking them down after the fact.

  APA Style Guide to Electronic References
How to cite electronic references according to APA 6th Style.

  Purdue OWL: APA

Business Source Premier citation tool

Company Research

Browse the company web site, exploring career pages and investor relations.  If the company is publically traded get the 10K and read the management discussion section. Use the databases listed below to get general history, strategy, and financial information about the firm.  Search the article databases using the organization fields (ABI Inform, Business Source Premier & the WSJ) for recent news about your target company.  Search the article database for "case" publications types.  Recognize that firms are not obligated to make their HR strategies public.

  D&B Hoovers

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's Capital IQ)

  MarketLine Company Profiles (EBSCO)

  Morningstar Investment Research Center

  Mergent Online  Limitations on Use