ADMS 4444 – Identity and Inclusivity in Organizations
Welcome to library course guide for ADMS 4444 – Identity and Inclusivity in Organizations. Use the Table of Contents to navigate through the various topics, to learn more about how to use the library resources to complete your research for the course.
Table of Contents:
- Key Library Resources
- Finding Course Reserves
- Doing Research Using the Catalogue
- Finding Business Articles
- Citing your Sources
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Doing Research Using the Catalogue
You can find library resources, including books and eBooks, journal titles and eJournal titles, databases (such as PsychInfo, or Marketline), government documents, videos, or any other item in the library collection by using the library catalogue.
Start with a keyword search. Choose one or two broad keywords that describe your topic, and input them into the catalogue’s search box. Here’s an example of a keyword search:
Your search results will likely have some good resources to choose from. However you can also refine your search from here. Take a look at the Refine menus to the left: You can narrow your search by Location, by Format (i.e. select eResources to see all the items that are available electronically), by Subject, by Author (helpful if you need to find a specific item), by Call Number, and by Language. Here’s an example of what search results will look like:
Too see a catalogue entry for an item, click on the title. You can get a detailed view, and get other helpful information about the item. Use the “Similar Items” list, or the subjects to find other resources on the same topic as this item. For eResources, you can find the link to the resource, and for print items, you can get the call number and location.
You can text or e-mail yourself this item entry, add it to My List, export the item entry to RefWorks, or bookmark the page.
If you are accessing an eResource’s link from off-campus, you will be prompted to input your Passport York information, and then you can navigate through to the resource.
The following section is a description of the different kinds of articles, and when to use them in your research.
- Published in academic journals
- Written by academics (professors) and researchers
- Typically focus on original research
- Often undergo a peer-reviewed process (in which other experts from the field review the item for academic quality)
- Have a publication lag time due to the long editorial process
- May appear in a scholarly journal generally dedicated to the area of business e.g. Administrative Science Quarterly, or to a sub-field within business e.g. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
- Use specialized language specific to the field
- Contain extensive citations and bibliographies
- Normally appear with plain covers, few or no pictures or advertisements
*** Tip: Use Ulrichs International Periodical Directory to determine if a specific journal is refereed. You can search by journal name, and if it is refereed this symbol will appear beside the journal title:
When to Use The Article:
- If an academic or scholarly perspective is required
- If original research is sought
- Where academic theory and frameworks are needed
- When a review of the academic literature on a business topic is needed
- If a professor has specifically stipulated that only scholarly articles may be used
2. Trade/ Industry:
- Published in trade or professional journals or magazines e.g. HR Professional, Autoweek etc.
- Target members of a specific business, industry or organization
- Written by practitioners or journalists who cover the field
- Often published by an association or organization
- Valued for currency
- Typically focus on industry trends, new products or techniques, and organizational news
- Editorial review quite common, may contain short bibliographies
- Often printed on glossy paper with pictures, charts, and illustrations and some focused advertising
When to Use The Article:
- When a practitioner perspective is being sought
- Where industry, company, or market research is being conducted with an emphasis on currency
- If information on best practices, recent developments or other information relating to a particular profession or trade is being sought
3. Popular Business:
- Target audience is general public and/or business professionals.
- Focus on general business information especially current trends and news, e.g., Canadian Business; Forbes
- Often published weekly or monthly, and cover business news events and recent developments.
When to Use The Article:
- If general background information is required on a business topic and information source need not be academic, specialized, or in-depth in focus
- When currency is important
- Short articles written by business columnists/journalists
- Focus on current news in business, e.g. Wall Street Journal, BusinessWire
When to Use The Article:
- Typically the best (and often only) source for very recent business developments or events
- Useful source of political, social, economic and public commentary
- To determine how an event was reported on at a particular point in time
- Where regional research being conducted local newspapers may be the only, or one of few, sources of information available
Articles Databases for your Research
ABI/Inform Global: Is one of the largest business articles databases in York’s collection. Contains citations and abstracts for over 3,000 business and management publications. More than 1,000 of these titles are available in full-text or full-image and many of these go back to 1986. This resource incorporates management, industry and company-specific information of both a practical and theoretical nature. Subjects covered include: finance, human resources management, public administration, marketing, management, economics, taxation, telecommunications, corporate strategies, competitive and product information.
ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry: This database is especially useful if you are researching a topic relevant to a particular industry, profession, or product as trade publications are so often targeted at practitioners in a specific industry e.g. HR Professional, or Communications Today.Covers more than 700 trade publications.
CBCA Complete : Provides interdisciplinary coverage of Canadian topics including the areas of business and current affairs. Offers references, and many full text articles, from Canadian journals, magazines, newspapers, and newswires. Dates of coverage vary by title but many full-text titles available from early or mid-1990s, while citations for many publications available from early 1980s onward. Consult CBCA Business, a sub-component of the CBCA Complete database, in order to limit the search specifically to Canadian business journals and magazines, but note that newspaper and newswire coverage are not offered by this product, and coverage of business topics in non-business publications is also not available.
Canadian Newsstand – Major Dailies: This database is helpful for finding Canadian media coverage of your company. A searchable full-text database of major Canadian daily newspapers. Major titles include: Calgary Herald (1988-), Edmonton Journal (1989-), Globe and Mail (1977-), Halifax Daily News (1990-), Montreal Gazette (1985-), National Post (1998-), Ottawa Citizen (1985-), Toronto Star (1985-), Vancouver Sun (1987-). Select the Publications tab for a full listing. There may be a 2 – 7 day delay for the most recent issues.
**** Note that all of the databases above can be searched together. We subscribe to the above databases through Proquest, and by entering one of these databases and clicking on Select Multiple Databases, then selecting databases from the list, you can access them together in a single search.
Business Source Premier: Another large database of business articles. Contains full text for over 7,500 business periodicals and other sources, including scholarly journals, trade and general business magazines, monographs, country economic and industry reports, industry yearbooks, and market research reports.
Factiva: Includes nearly 9,000 sources from 118 countries in 22 languages, including full-text articles from international newspapers including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Toronto Star, and continuously updated newswires and general business news publications like The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, Finanz & Wirtschaft, Satellite News, and BusinessWeek.
Human Resources Abstracts: This database has a narrower focus than ABI Inform or Business Source Premier, but might be helpful for your topic. Includes citations and abstracts for journals, books and papers in the field of human resources studies including human resources management. Topics include but are not limited to: aging and retirement, career preparation, earnings and benefits, health and human resources, hiring and personnel practices, human resources practices and management, labour and industrial relations. Coverage is for 2003 onwards.
LexisNexis Academic: LexisNexis Academic provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 6,000 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications. Included are current international newspapers, as well as comprehensive company and industry reports. Information available includes trade and marketing reports, patent details, merger and acquisition analysis, country reports and industry and legal publications.
PsycInfo: Indexes journal articles, dissertations, reports, books, book chapters, and other scholarly documents including literature from over 45 countries in more than 30 languages. Coverage is from 1872 – present. Covering the literature in psychology and related behavioral sciences this database has many applications to work and research in the field of human resources including industrial psychology, organizational behaviour, and others.
Here are some search tips to improve your searching in articles databases:
- Avoid natural language i.e. do not type a sentence as you would speak it. Think about the terms as keywords that may be used to describe your topic.
- So that you are not overwhelmed with results, use the advanced search instead of basic search in most databases.
- Keywords should reflect distinctive concepts, i.e. a person or company name, or terms such as personnel planning, or strategic staffing.
- If you get too many results use “and” to narrow your search, e.g. human resources and Canada; compensation and executives
- To expand your search use “or” to combine synonyms or like terms, e.g. employee or personnel or staff; human resources or HR
- Use truncation symbols (most often an asterisk [*]) to find relevant variants of a word, e.g. strateg* will search strategy, strategic, strategies
- In most of the databases the convention is US spelling, therefore use labo* to find labor and labour
- To search from a phrase containing more than two words use quotes, e.g. “chief executive officer”
- Always check either above the results list or on the right or left sides of the results lists to find suggestions for improving your search.
- There are normally ways to limit your search by date , so that you can specify articles that were published in a certain time frame.
Citing your Sources
It is important that you ensure all your work is properly cited. This means having a comprehesive references list and citations for all the items used in your research assignment. For a guide on how to create bibliographies, you can consult the Guide to Citing in APA, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Writing Center.
As students at York, you have access to RefWorks, an online citation management system, which allows you to store marked items in folders, and automatically generates bibliographies in a citation format of your choosing. For information on RefWorks and to create an account, visit the libraries’ RefWorks Information page. Scott Library has RefWorks drop-in workshops throughout the year. Scheduled workshops are listed here.
Ensure that all your references are included, and are properly cited. Proper citation goes beyond having the right formatting for your references; it is part of ensuring that you have not committed plagiarism in your work. For more information about citations and plagiarism, see the Academic Integrity Tutorial.