Labour Studies information resources: Background information

Before you start looking for scholarly books and articles, you should spend some time doing background research. Using dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and biographical resources can help you to understand the major issues, people, events and scope of your research topic.  A handbook is a single-volume reference book of compact size that provides concise factual information on a specific subject, organized systematically for quick and easy access. The following resources are particularly useful for providing context and background information in the area of Labour Studies.


Search for "labor" topics within these reference works.

Biographical information

Handbooks, dictionaries and encyclopedias

Capitalism, colonialism

Globalization, politics of labour, work and employment

Human trafficking

Labour rights

Labour unions