Labour Studies information resources: Books & articles

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  • (labour* OR labor* OR worker* OR employee*) AND (rights OR legislat* OR laws) AND Canad*
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Journal articles and literature reviews 

Find a peer-reviewed article in Social Sciences (Oct 2017)

There is no single database which will cover all aspects of labour topics. For a more complete list of databases, see Labour Studies Databases.

Literature reviews

  • Annual Reviews - - literature review types of articles from anthropology, criminology, economics, environment, genomics and human genetics. law, political science, public health, sociology and more.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online - provides "literature reviews" for labour topics in sociology, anthropology, African studies, geography, international relations, Islamic studies, Latin American studies, political science and more.


Business Source Complete
This database offers information in virtually every area of business including accounting & tax, banking, finance & insurance, economics, labour, human relations, and much more.

CBCA - Fulltext Business - In-depth access to a broad range of Canadian business periodicals, including, economics, labour, and human relations.


America: History and Life
Canadian & United States history.  Useful for Canadian and USA's labour history.

Canada Commons (formerly, Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris) - for public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups.

CBCA Complete
Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete combines full text and indexed content from all four CBCA database subsets (Reference, Current Events, Business and Education).
Canadian Newsstream
This database offers access to the full text of over 350 Canadian newspapers from Canada's leading publishers.


Index to economics journals and working papers.

Provides full-text access to many of publications published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Publications include country studies, forecasting publications, reports, periodicals, and socio-economic databases. Topics covered include agriculture, developing economies, education, employment, energy, environment, migration, social issues, and sustainable development.


For "geography and "labour" topics.


Largest free web resource providing access to legal documents from Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments, including laws & legislation, and cases.

Westlaw Next Canada  Current Canadian legal information, including cases, legislation, law reports, and journal articles.  
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Included within this platform are: 

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest -  is a legal encyclopedia in which legal topics are summarized. Important cases and/or legislation relating to each topic are included in the extensive footnotes.

Canadian Abridgment Digest (CAD) - summarizes Canadian legal cases into a short paragraph or two, allowing for quick reviews of their relevance.  All abridged cases are organized by a classification system, allowing you to locate similar cases at once.

Law and law-related research material, including legal journals, government documents, classic legal treatises, and world trials. Contains Canadian, American and international laws and agreements.

Canadian Research Index
Canadian government publications. All documents found in the database are available in the Microlog microfiche collection (JL 044 37) on the Sixth Floor of the Bennett Library. Individual reports are filed by the MICROLOG NUMBER.

Nexis Uni Plus
Full-text database containing comprehensive information in the areas of news, government, business, and law from newspapers, journals, reports, cases, and patents from the early 1970s to the present. Content is strongly American with significant coverage of Canadian and international topics.

Database of recent Canadian collective agreements.


America: History and Life
Indexes literature on all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistoric times to the present

Historical Abstracts
Indexes literature on the history of the world since 1450 except for the United States and Canada.

Political Science

Political Science Complete
Indexes full-text articles from over 480 journals, and indexing and abstracts for nearly 2,100 additional titles. PSC has a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. PSC offers literature on general topics in labour studies as well as geographically-specific literature.


Sociological Abstracts
Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from thousands of serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

Social Sciences Full Text
Provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language social science journals. Social Sciences Full Text includes full-text articles from hundreds of journals, covering the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences.


Women's Studies International
With feminist perspectives.

These databases cover the major areas of labour studies research, however, there are more databases specific to geographic regions, specific time periods or relevant to a specific group of people. Consult the full list of Business, Economics, History, and Sociology databases to find other relevant resources.


These journals must be searched individually, so if you are interested in searching multiple journals simultaneously, you may want to use one of the databases listed above.

Here are the titles of a few journals useful in the area of labour studies: