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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

May 2002

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: If you are a recent graduate, a professional, an educator in a developing country, or in any situation where costs are a concern in gathering information, you may be asking the following question: Are there resources I can use free-of-charge?

Answer: At the Catherwood Library, a "Guide to Free Key Resources for Research" has been developed.

The Introduction to this guide provides the best explanation:

Free Key Resources for Research is designed as a starting point to meet the research needs of faculty, students, practitioners and the general public as they seek the best "free" information in fields related to Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). These include, but are not limited to, human resources, labor studies, organizational behavior, labor economics, negotiation, collective bargaining, labor and employment law, alternative dispute resolution, psychology and sociology of work, and international and comparative labor relations.

This research guide is organized to provide a methodical approach to finding information whether it is in the form of books, articles, or data irrespective of format. Furthermore it facilitates research in special topical areas such as public policy, international research, or company research. While the guide will meet most needs, it is not comprehensive. Consequently, it is suggested that users look at other research guides available on the Catherwood Library web site or contact the reference librarians when research needs are not being met. It is hoped that users who become thoroughly acquainted with the resources listed in this guide will be seventy-five percent self-sufficient in doing research. The library staff of the Catherwood Library is available to help one meet the other twenty-five percent of research needs.

— Researched by smb6