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Labor and Employment Relations/Human Resources and Employment Relations (LER/HRER)

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This library guide offers resources and strategies to help with research in Labor and Employment Relations (LER) and Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER). 

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Search the Penn State Libraries for Books, Articles and More

As Penn State students, you have access to all that the library has to offer whether you are living on campus or around the world. However, we realize that there is a ton of information at your fingertips and it can be hard to know how or what to even search! A great place to start is LionSearch. This is a discovery-based system that searches most of what the library owns. It also offers options for searching beyond Penn State libraries' collections and acquiring these materials using a service known as InterLibrary Loan. LionSearch is a great place to get started when you are conducting research for your courses, however, it searches a rather large pool of information. Sometimes, you will get more relevant results by searching smaller pools of information. That is where the books, journals, and database tabs come in handy.

This video provides an overview as to the basics of LionSearch. Use it as a tool to get a head start on your academic searching!

This video digs a little more into the finer points of LionSearch for any research projects that you might complete. 

Reading Academic Journals

Take a minute to think about what you would see in an academic journal. If you thought that the journal only consisted of peer-reviewed, scholarly sources, think again! Several scholarly journals have features that are non peer-reviewed such as opinion pieces, book reviews, or regular newsletters. 

There are some key indicators to tell if an article is scholarly and peer-reviewed. In general, this article is lengthy with headings and subheadings. Many times they will report on an original study, but not always. Sometimes, they can be a meta-analysis. The tutorial below should provide some guidance on how to read scholarly research. 

Video: How to Read Scholarly Materials (click to play)

video How to read scholarly material