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PADM 607: Public Human Resource Management

Search Term Examples

Include government OR "public sector" as a search term.

  • "human resource management"
  • "employment policy"
  • recruitment
  • "human resource planning"
  • motivation
  • performance
  • teamwork
  • "performance evaluation"
  • "performance appraisal"
  • "job analysis"
  • "competency modeling"
  • training
  • "employee development"
  • compensation
  • "public sector"
  • "government agencies"

Sample Research terms
(Include these if you have many peer-reviewed results):

  • Best practices
  • Evidence-based
  • Empirical
  • Longitudinal

Nia Rodgers

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Nia Rodgers
Public Affairs Research Librarian
(804) 828-8565
Cabell Library, Room 121


a. ABI/INFORM Collection (ProQuest) and Business Source Complete (EBSCO) have articles on a wide assortment of leadership, management, organizational behavior, and similar topics. Among those topics is a fair amount of material on theories of motivation, organization, and job design. The materials found in these two databases will be from a variety of publications including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.

b. PsycINFO has scholarly articles on all aspects of human behavior, so it is particularly appropriate for researching human motivation, internal and external. The studies include individual behaviors, group behaviors, and organizational behavior.



The following three databases cover many different subjects, but none in great depth. Very good for retrieving materials from other disciplines.

4. Cited References Search

Web of Science provides ways to find out how many times an article has been cited. Caveat: Much stronger in the sciences than in the social sciences.

Basic Search: Enter a topic, e.g., "vocational rehabilitation", sort results by 'Times Cited,' and then use the limits on the left, e.g., 'PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH.'

Cited Reference Search: Select to find articles citing a noted author and/or article.