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MGT 431 Human Resource Management - HR Policy Paper Research Guide: Research Resources

Topic Selection

Organizations commonly have written policies in the following areas:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Confidentiality
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Working conditions
  • Policies during a Pandemic
  • Attendance
  • Hours of Operations
  • Termination (Voluntary and Involuntary)
  • Recruitment
  • Compensation
  • Performance Management
  • Learning and development (Human Capital Investment)
  • Benefits and Eligibility
  • Overtime
  • Privacy
  • Employee Information
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Compassionate Leave
  • Vacation
  • Sick Leave,
  • Short Term Disability,
  • Long Term Disability
  • Maternity (both female and male) Parental, and Adoption Leave
  • Unpaid Leave
  • Jury Duty
  • Family Leave
  • Grievance/Conflict Resolution
  • Formal complaint process
  • Disciplinary
  • Discrimination and Harassment/Respectful Workplace
  • Health and Safety
  • Accident Reporting
  • Workplace Violence
  • Alcohol and Drug Use Policy
  • Use of Company Equipment
  • General policy on the review and update of organization policies


Overview of HGT 431 Research Guide and Database Demos

Finding Trending Topics and Policy Templates

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - Tools and Samples - Policies

SHRM shared a list of HR policy templates that cover basic elements of related HR policies. To further the research and discussion on related policies, you can use Harvard Business ReviewBusiness Source Complete to find more articles to back up your analysis.

Some trending topics include:

  • Flexible Schedule Policy
  • Remote-work Conduct Policy
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
  • Vaccination Policy
  • Social Media Policy
  • Administrative Leave Policy


Human Resources Today - Policies is a collection of auto-curated articles related to HR policies. The website can be used to identify some trending policy topics and templates.

HR Specialist - Sample Policies

Finding Articles from Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review (Click this link to access the Database and Search HBR)

You can further search and find Harvard business review articles with the keywords you developed for your policy paper such as harassment, discrimination, privacy, equality, diversity, etc.

Finding Scholarly Sources to Back up your Analysis

Create MLA Citation: Click the article title, on the right of the screen find a symbol to create citations and choose MLA from the list.

        Google Scholar (West Chester University Setup)

Setup WCU Google Scholar Link : Google Scholar-> Settings (clicking three lines at the upper left corner)-> Library Links-> Search West Chester University-> Check the box -> Save; At the search result page, click find it @ WCU to access full-text article.

Create MLA Citation: Click Quotation " sign under the abstract of the article to create a citation.

Finding More Legal Background of Your Policy

      Find Law review articles--> Browse Databases  by Name --> Law Journal Library -> search HR keywords AND Policy such as sexual harassment policy, privacy policy.

      Lexology (lawyers’ intelligence platform and contains practical know-how guidance)
      search HR keywords and limit the results by Country.

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