How do I search for scholarly sources for research paper on "Effictive Training Programs"


I'm doing a research project for HR301 Methods of Research. I'm trying to use the online library to search for scholarly sources

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Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 27

For general articles about business management, the best place to start is the Human Resources LibGuide!

Click on the yellow Resources for HR tab at the top.

In the middle of the page, you'll see a list of the best databases for finding articles about HR topics, from ABI/INFORM Complete to Sociological Collection. Click on one to start finding items - for example, try Business Source Complete.

Log in with your six-digit student ID number and your Brenau email username.

In the search box at the top, type your search terms: start with something simple like personnel AND training. The AND is a Boolean search term, which tells the database that you want to find only articles that include BOTH of these words in it. When you have entered your search terms, click the Search button.

You may see an overwhelming number of results when you start, but you can narrow them down using the options on the side of the results page. Here's some of the best options you might choose to refine your search results:

  • Full Text - This gives you only articles that you may read immediately, usually a PDF or webpage.
  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals - This gives you only articles from academic journals that have undergone rigorous scholarly review before publication. No newspapers or People Magazine here!
  • Publication Date - This is how you can choose the date range for articles in the results.
  • Geography - This lets you specify a location, like the United States, for your case studies.
  • Subject: Thesaurus Term - This option gives you a list of the most-used terms in the wide range of results you've found. You can check the terms that most closely apply to what you are looking for to narrow down your subtopics.

As you tweak your search, also consider trying out different terms for your topic:

  • employees
  • "human resources" (the quotation marks tell the database that this is a specific phrase")
  • "personnel management"
  • effectiveness

After you have finished searching in one database, try to run the same search in different databases (perhaps ABI/INFORM Complete or Academic Search Complete). Each database is a different collection, and the same search can find you different results in each collection.

Please let us know if we can be of any further help!

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