Human resource management

Human resource management

If you are a human resource management student or studying HRM as part of your course this guide is for you.

Finding books

To find books and ebooks use Discover. Watch a short video to help improve your search.

Where are my books in the Library?

You will find most human resource management books on level 2 starting at shelf number 658. For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a book in the Library.

Many of our books are online watch Find and use ebooks to learn more.

Finding journals

Use Discover to search for journal articles on a topic or to search for a journal by title. Watch a short video Find a Journal by Title.

Key journals
Finding and using databases

Databases enable you to do a more strategic search than you can on Discover. They help you find information quickly and efficiently by allowing you to search using a combination of search terms, to filter and narrow your results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches for later.

Key databases:

If you are looking for journal articles the main databases are:

  • Emerald: a collection of academic, peer-reviewed journals. You can search across all management and business journals, or restrict your search to HRM.
  • Business Source Elite: indexes the full text of key business and management journals. It is American, so use the built in thesaurus at the top of the screen to find the most appropriate search terms. This is the only place you will find Harvard business review.
  • ProQuest Central: is a large multidisciplinary database. It indexes over 19,000 individual journal titles as well as newspaper articles, dissertations and reports. Use the filters in the results screen to narrow to journal articles. If ProQuest Central is too general, use the option “change databases” to search just a part of the database.
  • Science Direct: don’t be put off by the name. This full text database covers business and management including HRM. Human Resource Management Review is on Science Direct.
There are also specialist resources for HR professionals:
  • IDS Employment Law: provides you with up-to-date, full text case law from the courts and tribunals, as well as legislation from UK and Europe. The database also contains the IDS Employment Law Handbooks which focus on particular areas of employment law. In-depth analysis is cross-referenced with examples from current case law and legislation.
  • Our case law, legislation and tribunals page gives help in finding and using legal materials.
  • XpertHR: is a specialist database for HR managers with toolkits, benchmarking and analyses of key HR topics. Good for practical advice and for keeping up to date on the latest issues.

There is some overlap between the databases but every database also has unique content. Some databases provide help guides - these are available within the Discover record for that database. If you need further support, contact your librarian.

There are also specialist databases for company and industry information and market research.


Websites can offer a range of information, for example policy documents and statistics, which may be difficult to find elsewhere.

There are lots of useful website freely available, including those run by professional bodies for example Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD), public or government bodies like Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS); public bodies like the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

With such a wide variety available you need to ensure that the sites you are using are trustworthy. We provide guidance on evaluating websites.