Human Resources - Recommended Sources

Listed below are some specialist e-resources that are bought by the University that you may wish to explore. 

There is also a list of useful websites.

Do remember to look at other subject pages such as Business and Management and Law.

Specialist e-resources

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

Includes the Dictionary of Human Resources and Personnel Management.

• Gartner not in Discovery 

Provides peer insights from across the information technology sector along with reports on new trends in blockchain/bitcoin, AI, cybersecurity, cloud computing and much more. 
Useful for technology but also includes reports covering talent and change management in HR, financial growth and marketing and sales.


Advice, codes of practice and some free publications.

The professional body for HR managers. Some content is restricted to members but there are useful factsheets giving overviews and suggestions for further reading and surveys on labour market and HR outsourcing trends. 

The official UK body with the mandate to challenge discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment, and protect and promote human rights. 

• Eurofound 

This a tripartite agency from the EU that "provides expertise on living and working conditions, industrial relations and managing change". Lots of sectoral and country reports. Includes The European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) and their European Industrial Relations Dictionary offering definitions for over 330 technical terms with links to relevant EU documents.


Use this site to find Government information from departments, publications or statistics. 
H.M. Treasury is particularly useful for publications and statistics.

"The leading forum for debate and understanding of employment law and its application" – downloadable papers on topics in industrial and employment law.

A UN body that provides many reports and statistics covering employment, unemployment, strikes, occupational injuries, hours of work etc.
ILO NORMLEX brings together information on International Labour Standards (such as ratification information, reporting requirements and comments of the ILO's supervisory bodies) as well as national labour and social security laws.

Reports and information including the National Minimum Wage.

General pages provide country information and statistics. Investment pages of particular interest.

Examines the links between the acquisition and use of skills and knowledge, product market strategies and performance. Jointly based at Oxford University and Cardiff University, access working papers and research reports.

USA professional body.  Much of the content is only available to members but there are some free overviews of HR topics and research reports.

Some useful reports.

"Creating high performing organisations and great places to work" and access to a EU Knowledge Bank.

Your Subject Team

Hannah Porter

Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3238

Lizzie Wildgoose

Assistant Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3452

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