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Human Resource Management

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Try using search terms such as "leadership" and "management".  Other terms such as "human resources" can be useful.  If you have a specific search topic for an assignment such as "operations management", that can be the start of a good search as well. 

  • Use OR between your search terms to broaden the search to include any of the terms. 
  • Use AND between your search terms to narrow the search to include all the terms.
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Start with a Basic Search

First formulate a research question What are some techniques for managing employee retention? Then think about the main ideas in your question and create a search statement using those ideas or concepts:

managing AND techniques AND "employee retention"


2. Expand Your Search Using OR 

Use OR to include additional, related keywords:

managing AND (techniques OR approaches OR methods) AND "employee retention"


3. Expand Your Search Using Truncation

Many databases allow you to use "*" (an asterisk) to truncate a term. Truncating allows you to search for all variations of a word using a single search. In this example, manag* will find manage, management, managers, etc.:

manag* AND (techniques OR approaches OR methods) AND "employee retention"


4. Exclude Words With NOT

NOT lets you exclude words from your search to remove unhelpful articles from your results:

manag* AND (techniques OR approaches OR methods) AND "employee retention" NOT "small businesses"
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General Resources Keywords

  • Communication in personnel management
  • Compensation management
  • Conflict of generations
  • Downsizing of organizations
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Employee attitude surveys
  • Employee counseling
  • Employee empowerment
  • Employee handbooks
  • Employee morale
  • Employee motivation
  • Employee orientation
  • Employee retention
  • Employee selection
  • Employees
  • Employees - Coaching of
  • Employees, Counseling of
  • Employees - Dismissal of
  • Employees - Rating of
  • Employees - Training of
  • Employment interviewing
  • Goal setting in personnel management
  • Hours of labor
  • Human capital
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intergenerational relations
  • International business enterprises - Personnel management
  • Job analysis
  • Job satisfaction
  • Job security
  • Labor turnover
  • Layoff systems
  • Leave of absence
  • Manpower planning
  • Organizational behavior
  • Payrolls -- Management
  • Performance standards
  • Personnel management
  • Problem employees
  • Professional employees
  • Psychology, Industrial
  • Supervision of employees
  • Women supervisors
  • Work and family
  • Work environment
  • Work measurement

Benefits and Compensation Keywords

  • Compensation management
  • Employee fringe benefits
  • Employer-sponsored health insurance
  • Employer-supported education
  • Payrolls - Management
  • Pensions
  • Pensions management
  • Postemployment benefits
  • Profit-sharing
  • Wages 

Workplace Diversity Keywords

  • Corporate culture
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • LGBTQIA+ - Employment
  • Intercultural communication
  • Management - Cross-cultural studies
  • Minorities - Employment
  • People with disabilities -Employment
  • Transgender people -- Employment
  • Women - Employment

Employment Law Keywords

  • Discrimination in employment
  • Employee rights
  • Labor discipline
  • People with disabilities - Law and legislation
  • Problem employees
  • Sex discrimination in employment - United States
  • Sexual harassment -  Law and legislation
  • Women - Employment - Law and legislation
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