Human Resources Library Resources


Digital Commons Network – Human Resources Management

  • The BEPress Digital Commons Network is an open source institutional repository which makes the scholarly output of several universities and institutions freely available
  • Business Administration, Management and Operation section contains over 2,000 works from 108 institutions
  • A tutorial on using the Digital Commons Network can be found here

Digital Public Library of America

  • Brings together free resources from America’s archives libraries, archives, and museums
  • Striving to contain the full breadth of human expression, this portal currently provide access to over 5,000,000 resources
  • Use the bookshelf tab or the search bar to navigate to the search interface or find resources on a particular topic
  • Not business-specific, but use search features to narrow results down to your chosen topic

Directory of Open-Access Journals

  • “The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact”
  • Thousands of open access journals with full text articles

Google Scholar

  • “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.”
  • Since not all resources on Google Scholar are free, look for items that have a PDF link on the right hand side of the page, which indicate they are available for free immediate viewing
  • Not business-specific, but use search features to narrow results down to your chosen topic

Internet Public Library – Human Resources

  • “ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment”
  • “Merged collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites”
  • Provides a variety of online resources including some access to full-text articles

Academy of Management Online

  • Focuses on creating a community of scholarly management practitioners
  • Membership includes access to several publications, networking opportunities, placement services and volunteer opportunities

American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration

  • A group that is part of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and which is dedicated to meeting the professional needs of human resources leaders in health care

American Society for Training and Development

  • “The world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field”
  • Membership includes access to publications, professional communities, free webcasts and more

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources

  • Professional association for HR professionals working in the higher education field
  • Provides several resources on a membership basis

HR Policy Association

  • Membership based association of chief human resource officers from large employers
  • Free access to press releases, policies, and more

International Public Management Association for Human Resources

  • Membership based group dedicated to representing the interests of human resource professionals at all levels” and promoting “excellence in HR management”

LERA: Labor and Employment Relations Association

  • Organization of researchers, practitioners, and organizations interested in all aspects of labor and employment relations

Society for Human Resource Management

  • Association for HR professionals, featuring news, articles, surveys, and data for members, with some content for non-members

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Section of the American Psychological Association focused on industrial and organizational psychology

National Center for Employee Ownership

  • Organization focused on providing information on employee stock ownership plans, equity compensation plans, and ownership culture

World Federation of People Management

  • A “global network of professionals in people management” which is composed of federations of the more than 70 national personnel associations representing over 400,000 people management professionals


  • “Nonprofit human resources association for professionals and organizations focused on compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness and total rewards – strategies to attract, motivate and retain an engaged and productive workforce.”

The Dismal Scientist

  • Focuses on current economic information from and about the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Asia/Pacific, and global economies, with current analysis, news articles, and statistical tables. Mix of free and fee based content, with discounted student subscriptions available


  • Portal to statistics collected and disseminated by over 100 U.S. government agencies

U.S. Census Bureau

  • The major source for U.S. population and housing statistics
  • Derived from the decennial population census and more current surveys
  • U.S. business and industry are profiled by the economic census, taken every 5 years

U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • The principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy
  • Notable reports include the National Compensation Survey (US BLS) which compiles information about employee salaries, wages, and benefits, and the Occupational Employment Statistics (US BLS) which produces estimates for over 750 occupations in over 400 industry classifications



  • Job board from the Society for Human Resource Management

Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • Browse to the OOH homepage to research other careers and occupations

Human Resources & Training: The Riley Guide

Training and Development Managers

  • Details common job titles, tasks, knowledge and skills required in job postings for training and development managers

Compensation & Benefits


  • Daily newsletters and posts provide links to news, analysis, opinions and government documents about employee benefit plans

Economic Research Institute: Salary Sources and Surveys

  • Over 1900 U.S. salary surveys are listed, mixing those for sale by consulting firms with those available free (but not always on the Internet) from states, BLS, and professional organizations. You can also look up salary sources for foreign countries (use the map). ERI is a consulting firm known for its “Assessor”.

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

  • Provides an enormous amount of information about employee benefits plans from glossary of terms used in benefits and compensation to internships, conferences, seminars and important industry links to aid in finding the answer to question you may have in the area of benefits or compensation

Overview of BLS Statistics on Wages, Earnings, and Benefits

  • Brief overview of the type of data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the main source of earnings and employment data for United States workers and employees

  • This website aims to provide salary advice and data
  • Information available through compensation surveys and the Salary Wizard,’s compensation tool


  • “Nonprofit human resources association for professionals and organizations focused on compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness and total rewards – strategies to attract, motivate and retain an engaged and productive workforce.”

Disabilities Web Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act

  • This site from the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Guide to ADA rights, laws and regulations, design standards and more

ADA National Network

  • “Information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels”

Disability Resources (U.S. Dept. of Labor)

  • Links to U.S. agencies, laws, regulations, statistics, programs, and publications related to disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act

JAN: Job Accommodation Network

U.S. Census: Disability

  • Disability data from the U.S. Census Household Surveys


AAC&U Diversity Resources

  • Resources related to the promotion of diversity in higher education environments

Diversity & Democracy

  • Quarterly publication that supports higher education faculty and leaders as they design and implement programs which promote diversity

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Reports, statistics, and news related to the work of the EEOC
  • Includes quick fact sheets explaining different types of discrimination

SHRM Diversity

  • Diversity resources from the Society for Human Resource Management
  • Includes news, articles, webcasts and more

Employment & Labor Relations


  • The “umbrella federation for U.S. unions, with 56 unions representing 12.5 million working men and women”
  • Includes corporate watch information, and overviews of issues, legislation & politics as well as other resources

Legal Information Institute: Collective Bargaining & Arbitration

  • Comprehensive overview of collection bargaining and labor arbitration from the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University Law School

LERA: Labor and Employment Relations Association

  • Organization of researchers, practitioners, and organizations interested in all aspects of labor and employment relations

U.S. Office of Labor-Management Standards

  • Promotes labor union and labor-management transparency through reporting and disclosure requirement
  • Includes several resources such as compliance assistance, legal materials, annual reports, and news

Employment Law

American Arbitration Association

  • The alternative dispute resolution (ADR) organization provides services to individuals and organizations who wish to resolve conflicts out of court
  • The Resource and Reference Center provide free introductory material on arbitration and mediation and links to international, national, and state laws on ADR

American Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section

  • Resources such as news and events from the American Bar Association pertaining to labor and employment

eLaws – United States Department of Labor

  • Employment law assistance for workers and small businesses
  • A resource portal from the U.S. Department of Labor

FindLaw – Employment Law

  • Provides information on matters such as Federal and State Employment Laws, Unionns, HR Benefits, Work Visas and more

Legal Information Institute

  • Nonprofit group from Cornell University’s Law School that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them without cost

SHRM: Employment Law Areas

  • Legal resources from the Society for Human Resource Management
  • Free subscriptions to the Workplace Law Bulletin and HR/Employment Law current news items as well as access to various resources, videos, and news

Thomas – Library of Congress

  • U.S. legislative information, including Congressional Record, current bills, committee information



  • News from the web site of the Society for Human Resource Management

Wall Street Journal online

  • Major source of current business news
  • Some content only available to subscribers

New York Times–Business News + Economy

  • Current business news and columns from the New York Times plus economic headlines “from around the web”

Occupational Safety & Health


  • Information and resources related to human-centered office design and ergonomics
  • News, research, publications, tips, checklists and best practices from the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group (CHFERG)

Occupation Safety and Health

  • News, events, newsletters, and information from the International Labour Organization

Safety and Health Topics: Ergonomics

  • U.S. regulations and guidelines for the “prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace”
  • Includes tool guiding best practices for setting up computer workstations

U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

  • Databases, publications, statistics, educational materials from NIOSH, an agency of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

  • The OSHRC is and independent federal agency, providing administrative trial and appellate review of contests of citations or penalties resulting from OSHA inspections
  • Includes decisions, guides, rules, news, and other information

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  • “Agency of the US Department of Labor created to assure safe and healthful working conditions…by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance”
  • Includes resources and information including data & statistics, publications, news, regulations and more

Workplace Safety & Health Topics

  • Links to overviews of various health and safety topics which can affects workers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent