Tips for Access to Library Resources

  • Library subscription databases are authenticated with a single sign on.  Once you login to a single database with your Villanova email user name and password you will have access to all others. 
  • You will not be able to access known library resources by simply Googling them. 
  • Firewalls at workplaces are a common impediment to accessing library databases.  To avoid this problem find an open network connection elsewhere.  Few employers IT departments are willing to adjust firewalls.
  • If your can not get onto a database on the weekend, REPORT DATABASE SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS to Access Services 610-519-4270 and UNIT 610-519-7777

Contextual Sources

When you have an idea for a research project, it is often helpful to place your questions within the context of the literature.  Scholarly encyclopedias and bibliographies do just that.  Of course you will also need to search the literature via article databases for "literature reviews" and research studies, but first see if your topic is covered by either of these sources.

  Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial
The management and psychology collections include may human resource development topics

  Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management
Presents essays of 15-30 pages written by academic subject experts on a range business and management topics such as international business, theory, research methods, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, marketing, negotiation and strategy.

  SAGE Knowledge
Offers encyclopedias, handbooks and cases. To access browse business and management, human resource management.


  Falvey Library Catalog
Get scholarly and practice oriented books in our collection. To find only ebooks limit format to online


  ABI/INFORM Collection (ProQuest)
Provides access to scholarly journals and practice oriented publications.

  Business Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCO)
Indexes business magazines and scholarly journals.

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Provides access to a wide range of academic business journals and trade magazines. A must search source for many HRD topics. Coverage goes back to 1965.

  Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
Most useful for HRD topics related to employee communication. Primarily scholarly articles.

  Conference Board Business & Economics Portfolio
Quality reports, interviews and studies on leadership, compensation, organizational development, operations, globalization, diversity, sustainability, innovation and more for he management and HRD professionals.

This is a subject specific open access archive to labor and employment topics

  EconLit with Full Text (EBSCO)
Particularly useful scholarly article database for HR metrics research topics.

  Factiva (Dow Jones)
Provides access to international, national and local news sources. Many different news media such as newspapers, magazines, wires, blogs and transcripts are aggregated in English and foreign languages. The content is current and archival. Industry, company and market profiles are also provided.

Provides access to law reviews (scholarly journals) related to labor and employment issues.

  Nexis Uni  Limitations on Use
Provides access to law reviews (scholarly journals), legal news and general legal encyclopedia (American Jurisprudence 2nd).

  PsycINFO (ProQuest)  Tutorial
Indexes journals, dissertations and some books in applied and organizational psychology. Tutorial available.

  Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides citations and abstracts to peer-reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings in all major disciplines. Provides information on citing and cited references for each article.


  HSTalks: The Business & Management Collection

  LinkedIn Learning

  O'Reilly for Higher Education  Tutorial  Access Instructions

Creating Citations

Academic integrity guidelines mandate the attribution of sources used in written work.  Commonly scholarly academic writers use the  American Psychological Association (APA) Style. The complete APA Style Manual is not available online, but you can link to reliable aids listed below.

Zotero helps you generate and organize references, but is not a substitute for knowing the style.  When you use Zotero or in database citation generators, verify the accuracy of the citations created.  Databases such as PsychInfo, ABI Inform & Business Source Premier have handy citation generation tools, but you should check their accuracy too.

  Citation Tools and Software

  Purdue OWL: APA

  Citing Business Sources Using APA 7th

Free Citation management tool supported by the Library

  Evaluating Journals and Articles

Journal metrics & rankings are imperfect but frequently used ways to gage the quality of research studies.  The following tools publish journal level metrics such as impact factor, immediacy index,&  H Index to name a few.  For definitions and keys to understanding these metrics use the help links.

Peer reviewed research articles need to be evaluated for quality by considering the research methods, data used and analysis provided.  Nonetheless metrics such as citation counts do suggest which papers are garnering attention.  The following business databases offer article level metrics.


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