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Training & Performance Improvement Research Resources

rev. 5/15/2015

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Click here for library maps. Some of the key call number ranges include:

     BF Psychology
     HF 5549.5 Employees, Training of

Distance Library Services (DLS) for all Training & Performance Improvement Students

Please Register for Distance Library Services - Students who live off-campus (that is, not living in campus housing) & are registered for PY Training courses or AIS 535 are automatically pre-qualified.

However, if you are an NMU instructor / faculty member, you are not eligible for DLS (because you already receive faculty library services).

Sources for Locating Books & Videos

Library Catalog How-to Videos
Books synthesize and distill large bodies of knowledge on a given topic. They are a great starting point
for getting a layout of the field, identifying key concepts, and obtaining references to additional resources.

Since the library catalog is very limited in terms of the amount of information you can obtain about books in the collection, it is often advantageous to browse the collection in a given area. If you visit the library, browse the table of contents and the index of the books themselves. Simply note the call numbers of relevant books you find in your searches.

A collection of over 1,500 electronic books published by the American Psychological Association available in PDF full-text. Includes the 8-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology (2000), and 6-volume Encyclopedia of Mental Health.

Other online reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)

Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility (2013)
Dictionary of Human Resource Management (2008)
The Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior (1998)

Sources for Locating Journal Articles
When full-text/PDF link is not visible, click on to locate material

ProQuest Business Collection — Simultaneously search these databases: ABI/INFORM Complete, Accounting & Tax, Banking, Asian Business, & Entrepreneurship. Contains records from thousands of Business & Economics scholarly & professional journals.  Also includes full-text of Wall Street Journal 1984-present, and online theses and dissertations.
Over 50% online full-text/full-image. Indexes some nursing, hospital, health management, and medical records journals. Covers articles published 1905-present.

PsycINFO How-to Videos
An abstract database of psychological literature published 1805–present. Indexes books, journals, theses and dissertations, reports, other secondary publications, and authoritative web pages & online resources. Also includes author profiles from COS Scholar Universe.

An abstract database of education literature published 1966–present. Primary database for
scholarly/research material & major trade journal articles. Indexes and provides some full-text ERIC Documents (reports/documents, lesson plans, theses, dissertations, and conference papers), and authoritative web pages & online resources. Also includes author profiles from COS Scholar Universe.

Academic OneFile
Index to articles in over 10,000 scholarly journals and some general periodicals. Contains full-text articles from over 5,000 journal titles. Full text coverage varies widely from title to title.

Health Reference Center Academic
Indexes over 900 scholarly and professional journals (over 700 online full-text) in allied health, nursing, and medicine.

SocAbs (Sociology)

Social Services Abstracts

Google Scholar
Search for scholarly literature including peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, and books. Google Scholar is also a great tool for finding other articles related to one's you already have. Search for the title of an article you have and click the "Cited by" link to see other articles related to this one.

Journal Publisher Web Sites
The Olson Library subscribes to a number of electronic journals directly from publishers. While these sites contain journals from all fields of study, the following publisher sites contain a variety of journals from the fields of psychology and education. Browse by individual journal titles or search across all journals in the collection. Note that journal subscription coverage varies; the library does not subscribe to all years or every journal indexed on publisher web sites.

           Sage Journals Online
           ScienceDirect Social & Behavioral Sciences



Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries

Books & videos: MeLCat

Interlibrary Loan How-to Videos
Allows you to obtain materials not owned by the Olson Library.  Materials such as books and periodical articles can be borrowed from other libraries.  The average time to receive requested materials is 7-10 days and you will be notified by email when your items arrive.  Consult the above link for further details and to submit a request.

Evaluating Resources

Popular vs. Scholarly Periodicals

Cyberlab: Journal Articles

Research Article vs. Review Article

APA Style

APA Style Guide with New 6th edition 2010 Formats How-to Videos
Examples of how to cite some of the more common types of sources, including web sites and online journal articles, according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., 2010.
Consult the Manual in the Reference Collection, 3rd floor stacks, and Reserve (BF 76.7 P83) for further information or types of sources not listed here.

APA - Citing Tables & Figures

NMU's APA Tips & Checklist

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
A site from Cornell University with useful tips and examples of an annotated bibliography.

Locating Reliable / Credible Web Sites

Evaluating Internet Resources

Librarian's Index to the Internet Web sites evaluated by California librarians

INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections

USAGov Federal & State government web sites search engine

Locating & Evaluating Professional Associations & Their Web Sites

Google Advanced Search - Limit searches to language, format, update, domain (.org, .edu), etc.


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