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Introductory Seminar in Labor and Employment Relations: 38:578:500:01: Getting Started

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Getting Started with RUL

Before You Start Your Research

Here are some suggestions to help you start your research:

1.   Think about your topic. 

  • What are the keywords or key phrases that describe this topic? 

  • Do you need to consult an encyclopedia or handbook to become familiar with this topic?

2.  What type of information are you looking for?

  • Current information? 

  • Analysis?

  • Statistics?

  • Historical or survey information?

  • Periodical articles are more suitable for current information and very specific topics.  Books are better for a broad survey, historical outlook, and biographical information.  Statistics are often best retrieved from government or organizational web sites.

3.  Utilize different literature search techniques:

  • Search scholarly databases for articles, using keywords (most traditional).

  • Use Google Scholar for "quick & dirty" searching, or to explore concepts and find keywords.

  • Use citation searching (following a key article forward), using World of Science or Google Scholar.

  • Used Advanced Google to locate online research and working papers.

4.  Document all sources.

  • RefWorks can help you keep track of your citations and then produce a bibliography in the style sheet of your choice.
  • Cite all quotations, statistics, ideas.
 

Labor Relations & HR Librarian

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Julie Peters
Contact:
James B. Carey Library
Labor Education Center (Cook Campus)
50 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
http://smlr.rutgers.edu/library
848-932-9608
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