PAD 711: Public Personnel Administration Practice: Research Tips

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Useful Search Terms

Depending on your topic, you may find it helpful to use terms such as those listed below in a variety of combinations (e.g. "public administration" and "personnel selection").

  • City managers
  • Civil service
  • Collective bargaining
  • Compensation
  • Employee attitude
  • Federal government
  • Government employees
  • Hiring
  • Human resource management
  • Job satisfaction
  • Local government
  • Negotiations
  • Performance appraisal
  • Performance evaluation
  • Personnel selection
  • Public administration
  • Public sector
  • Recruitment
  • Retention

Boolean Searching

The Boolean search strategy allows you to combine  - or connect - multiple terms into a single search, thereby allowing for a more focused search. The result of a successful Boolean search is a list of results targeted to your specific topic. Knowing how to do a Boolean search is especially helpful when searching large databases for relevant articles. Here is a quick and understandable tutorial if you need more information:

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