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LIR 868: Employment Law: Employment Law Resources

Finding Scholarly Articles

Articles are typically found in journals, magazines and newspapers. The articles found in journals are primarily published for an academic or scholarly audience and are usually peer-reviewed, while newspaper and magazine articles are more often written for the general public. Article databases will help you identify journal, magazine and newspaper articles on your topic. Colorado State University Library has developed online guides to assist you in evaluating journal articles as well as in understanding the difference between trade, scholarly and popular periodicals. A list of some of the databases useful for organizational behavior research at the MSU Libraries follows.

Finding Professional Literature

While both ABI/Inform and Business Source Complete contain professional or practitioner-oriented literature as well as scholarly publications, there are additional sources to consider. The Conference Board and organizations like SHRM conduct research in areas of concern to those working in labor relations, human resources and general management.  Reports published by these organizations often include results from surveys of large organizations and can be good sources of data for identifying best practices and benchmarking purposes. The Human Resources Library is published by BNA and is designed to provide advice and tools to the practicing HR professional.

Finding Legal Analyses & Court Cases