Human Resources home > Recommended Databases
The Library offers a number of databases for research in human resource management and development. HR topics fall into the academic discipline of the social sciences. Human resource issues are explored in a number of social science areas: business, education, psychology, law. We offer databases in all of these areas.
The business databases are usually the first place to start with a HR topic. These databases index primarily business and management publications. Many periodicals specializing in management and human resource issues are covered by these databases.
Other Specialized Subject Databases
For many topics, you may select different subject databases depending on the focus of your topic. For instance, if your topic concerns a psychological aspect of the workplace, such as, motivation, workplace behavior, group or organizational behavior, a good choice is PsycInfo, a database that indexes hundreds of psychology journals. If you are interested in training and educational issues in the workforce, you may try the ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database covering the education literature.
Searching in more than one place
Analyze your topic or research problem and then select the appropriate database(s) to search. To gather all the information you need, you may need to search several databases from the primary and additional database list. This is often the case with interdisciplinary topics, which span several subject areas. For example, if you're studying the personality types of employees who make better managers, try PsycInfo, a psychology database, as well as ABI/Inform, a business and management database.
Here are descriptions of the databases you are most likely to use:
- ABI/Inform Complete
- This Bell & Howell ProQuest database database indexes and provides abstracts for articles from almost 1600 leading business and management publications, including over 350 English-language titles from outside the U.S. The full-text or complete articles are available from more than 800 periodical titles.
- Business and Company Resource Center
- Provides company and industry profiles, financial information, numerous full-text articles and investment reports. Users can search by various criteria, including company, industry or personal name, ticker symbol, geographic region, subject, and SIC/NAICS code.
- Business Source Premier
- This EbscoHost database offers indexing and abstracts for over 2,680 business periodicals with coverage including over 800 peer-reviewed titles. Full-text is available for nearly 2,140 business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, marketing and more. Full-text coverage begins in 1990 for many journals.
- CCH IntelliConnect (Formerly CCH Research Network.)
- Provides current news, practices, guidelines, cases, laws, and regulations regarding human resource management, employment and health law, occupational safety, pension, payroll, benefits, etc. from CCH.
- Academic Search Premier (an EbscoHost database)
- A scholarly multi-disciplinary full-text database with indexing and abstracts for nearly 3,930 scholarly journals (many dating back to 1984). Full-text is available for over 2,940 scholarly publications. The database covers nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language & linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies, etc.
- This Ebscohost database from the Educational Resource Information Center combines coverage of Resources in Education (RIE) and Journals in Education (CIJE) to provide access to journal articles and ERIC documents. All aspects of education are covered in this database. Covers 1966 to the present.
- This EBSCO database lists materials on all areas of psychology, educational psychology, and related fields. It is produced by the American Psychological Association and covers from 1887 to the present. Indexes over 1700 journals, as well as selected dissertations and books. PsycInfo connects to a number of other sources to provide full-text for selected journals and books.