Ulrichsweb (to verify Peer Reviewed or "Refereed" Status)
Business Source Premier
Full text of over 3,400 business periodicals. This is our largest business database. It provides our best access to scholarly journals. It also has special reports, including "SWOT" analysis. Note the green "company profiles" tab, which will allow you to access over 5,000 MarketLine Company Profiles.
A smaller business database with full text of scholarly journals in English, many of which are based in Europe.
Indexes scholarly literature. Strong in the areas of medicine, engineering, the sciences, and business. Provides relevancy rankings based on the citation patterns of the articles. Sources are linked to UMD Library electronic holdings via "Find It." THIS IS YOUR BEST FIRST SOURCE. Use our Ulrichsweb database to verify if a journal title is peer reviewed.
Often, you will want to begin with a broad search for your topic like Japan AND “human resources”:
Remember, in some places, the term “industrial relations” is used for “human resources”:
So you will want to use both “industrial relations” and “human resources” in separate searches.
Remember, putting multi-word searches in quotation marks, like "human resources" keeps the two words
together for purposes of the search, often making for searches with fewer bad "hits."
And, then you can focus to more narrow sub-topics: Japan AND compensation
Or use other terms to focus your topics: Japan AND "employee unions"
In this case, remember to use similar terms: Japan AND "collective bargaining"
Japan AND "performance management"
Japan AND "performance reviews"
Your syllabus lists these HR functional areas: Employee Unions, Staffing, Training, Compensation, Benefits, and Performance management. Always remember to consider related terms like collective bargaining, hiring, performance reviews, pay, salaries, and etc.
If you want to further focus on articles with an “empirical” approach, you may discover, in some instances, the article may be empirical in nature, but might not contain the word "empirical." So, you should also substitute other words for empirical. Use words like “Case Study” or just "Study" or "Observation" or "Experiment" or "Survey" or "Questionnaire" or "Interview." These terms could also help you to find articles containing empirical research.
Also, remember, your search results will contain a full range of publication dates. After viewing your initial search, you may want to limit that search to more recent dates, with the options on the right column.
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