Research Tools

"The James Carey Library is unique!  It makes vital information on economic and social conditions easily accessible to Rutgers researchers and to the New Jersey public. The staff is knowledgeable, responsive, and always willing to go the extra mile to secure the information you need.  The library is an irreplaceable resource for labor relations specialists and a tremendous asset to the School, the University, and the state."

Dorothy Sue Cobble, Distinguished Professor


Research Guides

The Library has created numerous guides to help with research on specific topics within the fields of labor studies and employment relations, and human resource management. The guides are designed to assist students and researchers locate information within the Rutgers University Libraries, as well as additional electronic resources found on the Internet. In general, the guides offer research tips regarding which databases to search, how to search the Library Catalog, and useful websites to find additional information. The research guides can be located at under the heading, “Labor and Employment Studies.”


The Library has access to hundreds of databases: Databases provide access to articles in areas such as business, economics, and industrial relations; as well as to company financials and industry information in more data-driven databases. The Carey Library also has unique access to the BNA database. Please see a Library staff member for special login information for BNA.

Rutgers University Libraries Catalog

The James B. Carey Library uses the main Rutgers University Libraries Catalog found at: or from the homepage at: Within the catalog, you can search for books, journals, movies, maps, music, theses, dissertations, and more. Our materials are designated as located in the School of Management and Labor Relations Library (Cook).

Citation Tools

The following citation handouts are intended to be quick guides to assist in creating citations for bibliographies, as well as the proper way to include quotations within assignments and papers. They offer several examples of different types of sources and a template indicating how the citation should be formatted:

Finding Scholarly Articles

Information comes in a variety of forms and from many different sources. When conducting research, you may find information from magazines, newspapers, journals, media, or websites, just to name a few places. Scholarly articles are found in journals and are written by experts in the field, and published through a peer-review process. Scholarly articles are considered to be the most credible sources when conducting research. Some of the common elements of a scholarly article include:

  • The intended audience are other researchers in the field, as well as students studying in that field
  • The authors are experts in the field
  • The purpose is to further the scholarship in the field
  • The reliability and accuracy of the information is high
  • The reading level is college and above
  • It will contain footnotes, or a bibliography

If you would like assistance in finding and/or identifying scholarly papers for assignments, please contact Julie Peters at, or 848-932-9608.

Avoiding Plagiarism Guide

Plagiarism is the use, intentional or unintentional, of another person’s words, ideas, or results without giving that person appropriate credit. The following guide, defines plagiarism, explains how to credit a source, provides examples of plagiarism, and tips for avoiding plagiarism.

Research Tutorials

The Library has created several video tutorials to provide an introduction to the resources that are available. Select on the link below to learn more about the research tools available at the Carey Library.

  • Searching Databases
  • Identifying Scholarly Articles
  • Searching the Library Catalog
  • Creating and Using Citations

Using the Rutgers Libraries Toolbar

The Rutgers University Libraries Toolbar is a web browser extension or add-on that places a toolbar in your browser, and provides visual cues  in certain popular web pages to link directly to Rutgers Libraries’ resources. It also adds additional functionality to the “right-click menu” of your mouse. The toolbar comes in handy when conducting research on the Internet, for example in Google Scholar. If you locate an article you cannot access, simply reload the page using the feature in the toolbar. This will reload the page you are on and if Rutgers University has access to that article, you will now be granted access. Please see for complete details.

For questions on any of these Research Tools, please contact Julie Peters at, or 848-932-9608.