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Human Resource and Organizational Management: Getting Started

Before You Start Your Research

Doing research in Human Resource and Organizational Management can be challenging.  It is an interdisciplinary field, demanding knowledge of information resources in psychology, sociology, law, business, and even at times medicine and chemistry.

This guide is developed primarily for undergraduate and graduate students engaged in Human Resource Management programs at Rutgers University.  It may also be useful to students in related business courses that cover employment issues, such as staffing, compensation, benefits, disabilities, diversity, and employment law.  Many sections, particularly the Web Resources and Organization pages, can be used by practitioners in the field.   

Here are some suggestions to help you start your research:

 (1) Make sure you understand your assignment.  Is your intended topic within assigment parameters?  Do you need to consult specific sources, such as a scholarly journal?  Do you need to do an interview?  Does the assignment require a bibliography and footnotes?

(2) Think about your topic.  What are the keywords or key phrases that describe it?  It is sometimes helpful to read current business articles from the Wall St. Journal or business magazines to identify current phrases and terms.

 (3) Are you looking for current information or analysis or statistics?  Periodical articles and "white papers" are more suitable for current information and specific topics.  Books are better for a broad survey, historical outlook, and biographical information.  Statistics are often best retrieved from government or organizatonal web sites.

 Make sure that, as you find new leads and articles, you document all sources.  Refworks (see the Writing & Citing section) can help you keep track of your citations and then produce a bibliography in the style sheet of your choice.

For additional research assistance, contact Donna Schulman, Librarian, SMLR or any of the RUL librarians.  We can be reached by phone, e-mail, Ask-A-Librarian services, or in person.


Labor Relations & HR Librarian

Julie Peters
James Carey Library
Labor Education Center (Cook Campus)
50 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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