Labor, Human Resources, & Personnel Management

Librarian: Jennifer Garrett

Finding Scholarly Articles

Scholarly literature, or articles that report on original research, are indexed in databases that help you explore and find out what has been published on a given topic or subject. Although many of these databases contain full-text articles, the original and key function they serve is to help keep track of the scholarly work being produced worldwide, often organized around academic disciplines. Articles are published in online or in print in journals and other types of periodical publications. The library subscribes to many of these publications and offers Tripsaver service for accessing articles that exist beyond our local collections. Below are some recommended databases that index scholarly and trade publications relevant to business and management topics.

Business Source Complete
Provides full-text coverage, as well as indexes and abstracts for scholarly business, management, and economics journals, including peer-reviewed publications. Business publications covered also include trade periodicals such as Business Week, Forbes, Harvard Business Review.

Web of Science (Social Science Index)
Provides multidisciplinary coverage of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as coverage of international conference proceedings.

LexisNexis Academic
From the LexisNexis Academic Easy Search page, you can conduct a simple search with a few search terms or advanced search with more complex combinations of search terms. This segment of LexisNexis Academic contains business articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, wires, and transcripts.

PsycINFO is an American Psychological Association database covering American and international literature in psychology and related disciplines, such as psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, education, linguistics, and pharmacology. It includes dissertations, journal articles, technical reports, and book chapters.

Wall Street Journal
This source provides searchable, full-text access to articles from the WSJ.

Wage, Salary, & Labor Cost Data and Statistics

Here are some sources of figures and reports on labor costs in the U.S. and beyond.

Global Insight

  • Use DataInsight-Web to search for and export international wage data (e.g., hourly rate for manufacturing or unit labor costs).
  • Use the Country Intelligence section for risk ratings and reports, which include analysis on Operations and Labor.

Career One Stop

  • Salary and benefits information and statistics portal sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Labor and the Employment and Training Administration. Allows you to compare wages and salaries in various job types and industries in the U.S. by geographical region (state, metropolitan area, etc.).

 Local Employment Dynamics (Census Bureau)

  • The Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) from the Local Employment Dynamics website provides information on local labor markets at the state, county and sub-county levels. This site also supplies statistics on employment, job creation, turnover, and earnings by industry, age, and sex.

 Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. This site provides links to a number of statistical resources.


Regulations Related to Labor

Businesses don't operate without government oversight, so lastly, here are some links to federal government agencies that play a role in human resource management.

Americans with Disabilities Act
This is a page from the US Department of Justice with text and other information relative to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The mission of the EEOC is to promote equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers. The agency administers the regulations issued under the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

Federal Gateway to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
OPM is the federal government's human resources department. Its role is to provide guidance to agencies in operating human resources programs which effectively support their missions and to provide an array of personnel services to applicants and employees.

Associations and Other Relevant Websites

The sites below provide information on high tech and human resource topics:

Managing the Digital Enterprise
Managing the Digital Enterprise is a guide to the challenges that managers face in the digital realm. This site is used in conjunction with a graduate course taught at NCSU by Michael Rappa.

Academy of Human Resource Development
The Academy of Human Resource Development was formed to encourage systematic study of human resource development theories, processes, and practices; to disseminate information about HRD; to encourage the application of HRD research findings; and to provide opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in HRD from multiple disciplines and from across the globe.

American Management Association
American Management Association International is a nonprofit, membership-based educational organization that assists individuals and enterprises in the development of organizational effectiveness, which is the primary sustainable competitive advantage in a global economy. AMA identifies best management practices worldwide to provide assessment, design, development, self-development, and instruction services through a variety of print and electronic media and learning methodologies, all designed to enhance the growth of individuals and organizations.

American Society for Training and Development
ASTD calls itself "the world's premier professional association in the field of workplace learning and performance." ASTD's mission is to provide leadership to individuals, organizations, and society to achieve work-related competence, performance, and fulfillment.

Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the leading voice of the human resource profession. SHRM provides education and information services, conferences, seminars, government and media representation, online services, and publications to more than 125,000 professional and student members throughout the world.