Human Resources - Recommended Sources

This page first directs you to some useful “Specialist e-resources” that are bought by the University and then there is 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 too. Look out for all the useful documentaries.

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 'Concept Map ' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

A collection of electronic reference books which includes Dictionary of human resources and personnel management (2006) and Big Ideas Simply Explained: The Psychology Book (2012).

Explore the concept map which may help with essay planning.

• Do Shorts 

Browse this growing collection of short readable texts about Sustainability in all its forms. Includes such titles as: "Leading sustainable innovation” and Promoting Sustainable Behaviour: A practical guide to what works"

Featuring books, papers and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data.


Advice, codes of practice information, some free publications or summaries

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. Check out topical podcasts

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. 

Independent statutory body established to help eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations. Advice and guidance and information about proposed legislation

• 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 the Government information from departments, publications or statistics in particular: H.M. Treasury  is useful for publications  and statistics. The Office for Budget Responsibility  provides forecasts and analysis of UK’s public finances

The new Government portal for finding departments, publications and statistical bulletins. Department pages more aimed at general public – searching publications/statistics may be easier for finding reports.

look at the linked HSE Books site for free downloads of many H&S publications

"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, comments of the ILO's supervisory bodies, etc.) as well as national labour and social security laws

Annual and other reports available

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, SKOPE has placed over 100 research papers on its site

USA professional body – much of the content is only available to members but there are free overviews of HR topics, some glossaries, webcasts and research reports


"A network of institutions, practitioners and individuals researching and developing new ways of organising work to meet the competitive challenges of contemporary economic, technological and cultural change". Lots of useful-looking resources in their Knowledge and other sections on topics such as resilience during change, flexible working, etc.

Has some useful reports on topics such as "Quality people management for quality outcomes", "Leading for high performance" and "Flexibility or insecurity? Exploring the rise in zero hours contracts"

Book Locations

658.3 is the start of the main HR section on the first floor.

The shelf-end guides will help you with the numbers for aspects of HR but you will find lots on the labour market and employment conditions in the 331s, employment law in 344.4101 and organizational behaviour at 302.35 (Ground floor) and 658.402 and business psychology at 158.7 (Ground floor).

Remember to use the Discovery Service or the Catalogue to identify e-books


Your Subject Team

Sue Stevenson

(Faculty Librarian)


Phone:(023) 9284 3238

Lizzie Wildgoose

(Assistant Faculty Librarian)


Phone:(023) 9284 3452


Human Resources Pages

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