Human Resources - Finding Articles

Our Discovery Service allows you to find lots of journal articles all in one place. Sometimes however, you may need to use a specific database or journal.
This page lists the major databases that you have access to, as well as key journals.

There is also a News Services section and you should consider using one or more of these resources to keep up-to-date with the business world.


These bring together published research (including articles, conference papers and reports) in defined subject areas.
You can use sophisticated search options and filters to find the most relevant research on your topic.

The following databases are good starting points for finding Human Resources materials:

Contains academic peer-reviewed journal articles as well as professional and trade publications covering a vast range of business topics.  Also includes country overviews, market reports and company swot analyses. 

Good place to search for articles from the HR magazine, People Management, and other professional magazines as well as articles from academic journals such as the Human Resources Management Review. Click on the peer-reviewed button if you only want academic articles.

• Emerald 

The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects include health and safety, management, human resources, engineering, marketing and training.  For the most relevant results, use the advanced search and restrict to case studies or literature reviews.


Wide range of references to print and electronic publications from different countries, with some available in full. 
Provided by the ILO (International Labour Organization).

• PsycInfo 


  • PsycInfo contain journal article abstracts with links to the full-text where available


  • Locate articles from the psychological, social, behavioural, and health sciences subject areas.  Useful for those looking for materials related to psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work


  • Keyword and Thesaurus searching with ability to refine results by date, peer reviewed, age, gender, author, language
  • Cited reference search and links
  • Help pages available 
  • This database is available to search on its own from the link above, plus you will find PsycArticle articles when searching Discovery

Whilst this is a psychology database, it can be useful for occupational psychology issues such as motivation, organisational commitment, job satisfaction or employee attitudes.

ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Library Guide is available.

Also includes some relevant HR publications.

• XpertHR not in Discovery 

This is a practitioner and professional database so you will not find a lot of academic content, but there is a huge amount of information on policy and good practice as well as employment law and case studies.
Remember you need to login even on campus - choose the Shibboleth option and University of Portsmouth.


Listed below are some of our most used academic journals for HR. 

Use the eJournals search tab at the top of the page to locate further titles.

To find individual journal articles on a specific topic, use the databases above instead.

This journal focuses on issues that help professionals work more effectively in human resource development.  It covers areas such as performance, learning and integrity within an organisational context.

Find academic research papers covering work and employment relations, with a focus on the institutions, processes, and practices and their implications for matters of economy and society.

• Coaching 

This journal looks at the theory, research and practice of coaching with an international perspective. Find original research, reviews, theoretical submissions, case studies and invited papers.

Aimed at senior executives and professionals, this journal includes up-to-date analyses and information on salary and wage trends, labour markets, pay plans, incentive compensation, legal compliance, retirement programs, and health care benefits.

Aimed at practicing managers and academics, this journal explores new theories and techniques, case studies, models and research trends.

Includes empirical reports and theoretical reviews.

Backfile of the leading UK professional magazine for HR managers. 
Recent articles are available at but access may be restricted to CIPD members.

News Services & Archives

Keep up-to-date and develop your awareness of the business world by using these services:

• The Economist not in Discovery 

Leading weekly magazine covering global political, economic and business news. Includes archive back to 1997.
On Campus use only (or use VPN/Work Anywhere when away from the University).

Access the current FT and the archive back to 2004. 
Includes up-to-date business and commercial news as well as global financial markets, company and industrial sector information.
Explore data on companies, markets and investments using charts and research tools.

Note you must register using your UoP email address at the branded UoP registration page – after this use the Registered users link to access the service.

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980's.

Includes Labour research.

Your Subject Team

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