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. Some of the databases to search for human resource management; and labor studies and employment relations include:

Business Source Premier

Covers most business and management topics including accounting, banking, economics, finance, international trade, marketing, and public administration. It contains the full-text (or abstracts) of articles from thousands of scholarly and professional publications, academic journals, and trade magazines. This database also includes profiles of the world's 10,000 largest companies, reports for over two thousand industry sectors, and hundreds of country risk and economic reports.

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Produced by the American Economic Association, EconLit indexes and abstracts more than 750 international economic journals. EconLit source material includes journal articles, essays, research papers, books, dissertations, book reviews, and working papers. The database contains more than a million records and covers subjects from accounting, consumer economics, monetary policy, labor, marketing, demographics, modeling, economic theory, planning, and more.

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Includes both Industry Reports and Procurement Reports. The Industry Reports cover over 700 industries in the United States as categorized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), as well as 600 specialized industry reports, 75 global industry reports, and 200 reports on industry sectors in China. These research reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors, and industry growth rates. Performance analysis includes emerging industry trends as well as recent production performance and 5 year forecasts.  Each comprehensive study also examines details such as; the barriers to entry, operating cost structure, technology & systems, and domestic & international markets. Tables and statistics include financial ratios and industry averages from the Risk Management Association.The Procurement Reports covers 1,000 commercial and industrial products and services.  These reports discuss price drivers and pricing trends, total cost of ownership, supply market characteristics, supply chain risks, market share concentration, developing a request for proposal (RFP), "buyer power" versus "supplier power," and the buying-decision process.

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Mergent Online

Provides corporate information covering over 22,000 US and foreign public companies. Information available for each company includes a complete corporate history including acquisitions and changes in ownership structure; lists of subsidiaries, property holdings, and key personnel; up to 25 years of annual and quarterly financial data, including balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and financial ratios; up to 10 years of scanned, full-image, annual reports, along with full coverage of SEC filings; extensive information about the corporation's current long term debt; links to recent news reports; and reports on insider and institutional owners.

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PrivCo is an excellent resource for business and financial research on non-publicly traded companies, including family-owned, private equity-owned, venture-backed, and international unlisted companies. The database currently includes profiles for over 900,000 companies, 20,000 private equity and venture capital firms and investors, and 100,000 private market deals.

Rutgers University Libraries Catalog

The James B. Carey Library uses the main Rutgers University Libraries Catalog. 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.

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