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EMPR 370: Human Resource Analytics

Handbooks & Overview

Annual Reviews publishes essays that cover the current understanding (and controversies) of a topic and the historical context. See: Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior

See also: Brough, P., Gardiner, E., & Daniels, K. (2022). Handbook on management and employment practices (P. Brough, E. Gardiner, & K. Daniels, Eds.). Springer.

What is an index?

Article indexes, traditionally referred to as bibliographic databases, are collections of journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and more that are often focused on a particular academic discipline. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of industrial relations, or more specifically organizational behavior, students and researchers will need to employ multiple indexes spanning multiple fields. In this instance, PsycINFO will capture the interpersonal and/or behavioral aspects of the workplace and ProQuest One Business will capture the management literature. 

Search Strategy

 choosing search terms:

Start your search with key words or concept words from the topic or assignment description.

Make a quick list of synonyms, other terms or phrases to express the same concepts, or the opposing concepts.

As you search, note which search terms work, which don’t, and add possible other search words and phrases to your list as you scan the search results.

use 'OR' to link synonyms together in a search box

use 'AND' to combine with other concepts

Using articles you find to identify other relevant sources:

Use the sources listed by the authors of the reports and articles you find - this is particularly helpful in identifying scholarly sources

Look at:

  • footnotes
  • URL's and links
  • captions on statistical charts and tables
  • references/ bibliographies/ works cited

These list other relevant sources.

Find them searching OmniJournals, or the open web.

Search Term examples

These are suggestions to illustrate building a list of possible search words.
Include synonyms, variant spellings, terms and phrases that describe the concept, oppose it, popular and technical terminology.  

employee OR employer OR worker OR labour OR labor
engagement OR motivation OR satisfaction OR attitude


search tip:  most databases support truncation - replace the endings of words with a symbol to search all variations. It is usually an asterisk *

     example:    employ*   will include employ or employer or employee or employment