LBST 201 Workers in the Global Economy: Globalization, Labour and Uneven Development

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For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Liaison Librarian for Labour Studies by email or Ask a librarian.


Start Your Research Here - This page gives you an overview of the research process, or in other words how to find materials for your essay.

Selected reference works

It is useful to start by obtaining an overview of a topic by consulting scholarly encyclopedias, handbooks or even textbooks.  These assist with identifying key authors, debates and resources.

Find journal articles

Use these indexes/databases to locate journal articles on your topic.  Use the "Get@SFU" icon to find a copy of the article.  Limit search results to "academic / scholarly" articles.

Tip: Check for email, export and search history options in each database!

For more databases, try Labour Studies Databases

Guide: How to find journal articles

Selected journals

Simplest way to search for a particular journal is to search for it by "journal name" in the A to Z journals list (from Library's Home page).

Find books

Library Catalogue search guide 

The Library Catalogue provides access to books, journal articles, videos, government documents and much more.  To limit the search results to "books", use the filter (left-hand column in search results) to "resource type" of "books."

Search the SFU Library Catalogue, either the Basic or the Advanced search

For known items it is best to check using "Browse by title" icon.

E.g. Part of the family? : nannies, housekeepers, caregivers and the battle for domestic workers' rights

Search for books by a specific author or organization

Select "Author" from the pull-down menu in the Browse Search.

Search for topics using search strategies (see, below).  You can limit your results by subject (left-hand column) and resource type, books and sorted by "newest first"

Proper syntax for Boolean logic (words that allow you to combine concepts)

Combine different concepts using AND
Combine same concepts using OR
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use brackets for synonyms
Use asterisk (*) for different endings of words

Note:  For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")

Look at the titles in the "results list" and for those books that look relevant, click on their subject headings to find more books on that topic.


Selected books

Book series: Workers' movements and global capitalism

Find books by subject

Browse by Subject    (change the default "title" to "subject").  Browse by Subject will only result in books, not book chapters or journal articles.

Labour standards and other government documents


Guide: Canadian labour standards

Statistics Canada


SourceOECD - includes statistical data on 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.

  Click on "Browse by theme" tab and choose "employment"

Recommended web resources

Searching using Google

While searching the internet can find unexpected gems, be sure to evaluate the sources using the guide, "Evaluating sources"

  • Use intitle: to force Google to find those words in the titles of results.  Use quotation marks ("") to search for phrases.  With a Google search the Boolean operator "AND" is assumed, so you don't need to use it in your search strategy.
  • Use site: to specify results from a government web site
  • Search websites of different countries using the "country domain code"
  • E.g. Search internet domains from China (.cn) or Japan (.jp)

For more, try Search Tips for Google and Google Scholar

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