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Research guide for Human Resource Development.


Hello! Welcome to the Human Resource Development research guide at Muntz Library.

This guide is designed to inform you about resources for your studies in all aspects of Human Resource Development.

Please be aware that some links in this guide will link out to other Research Guides, databases, and other Internet sources in new browser tabs.

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Quick Guide Rundown

Here is some of what you'll find in this guide:

Databases - How to search for articles, Access to databases, List of best journals 

Books - How to search for books, How to use ebooks

Web Resources - Lists of websites, How to evaluate websites

Statistics & Research Methods - Access to data and research sources, Quantitative vs. qualitative research

Finding Survey Instruments & Questionnaires - How to locate survey instruments and questionnaires using library resources

Additional Resources - APA guide; How to use interlibrary loan, Advanced searching tips

For Faculty - Library services for faculty

What is human resource development?

Human resource development (HRD) is an interdisciplinary field, mostly drawing upon the contributions of business, psychology, sociology, and education. The goal of HRD is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of individuals and groups in the workplace, as well as the organizational aspects of the workplace departmentally and as a whole.

Often, the study and practice of HRD involves employee training and skill enhancement; improvement of learning and performance; (re)organization analyses of groups, departments, companies, and institutions; and advisement of workers in their career choices as well as institutions toward optimal functionality. Towards these ends, there are two common threads found across HRD research:

  • Organization Development (OD)
  • Training & Development (T&D)


Though these approaches are different, they are complementary. You will learn more about these throughout your HRD studies.

There are a number of job titles associated with HRD. A few are listed below. Click on the links to see job analyses provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


HRD can also be useful for work in a variety of related fields including: industrial-organizational psychology; sociology of organizations, occupations, and work; and general administration/management.

Human resource development and human resource management are not equivalent, but do share some of the same fundamental aspects.

Need an appointment?

If you'd like to set up an appointment with me to talk about your assignments, send me an e-mail. Let me know what the assignment is about, what research you've done thus far, and any other related information.

I will be glad to help you with using the databases, looking for books, brainstorming ideas, citing sources, and related tasks. However, I can't help you write your paper, do your statistics, or complete any of your homework assignments.

For writing help, you can contact the Writing Center. For statistics tutoring, you can contact the Department of Mathematics.

Remember, any of the Reference staff at our library can assist you with the basics of research help, but if you need assistance with psychology specifically, please feel free to let me know!