LBST 308 The Labour Process: Technological Change and the Future of Work

Contact info

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

Research process

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 encyclopedias and handbooks

Use encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks to obtain definitions and overviews of a topic and also to identify key authors.

Find journal articles

How to find journal articles

Search for journal articles on your topic using the databases below.  From within the database, use the "Get@SFU" icon will to find copies of articles which are not full-text within the database. Limit search results to "academic / scholarly" articles.

  • Sociological Abstracts - indexes journals in Sociology, labour studies and other social sciences
  • Social Sciences Full Text - journals, covering the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences
  • Econlit - Index to economics journals and working papers.
  • Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost) - Covers all areas of business with a large collection of scholarly business journals, industry magazines, industry & market reports, and other business information resources. Use this version if you prefer the standard interface used in other EBSCO databases (without business-specific browsing features), and if you need partial PlumX Metrics on the usage of some articles.
  • CBCA Fulltext Business - A broad range of Canadian business periodicals, including trade journals, general business publications, academic journals, and topical journals.

For more databases, try Labour Studies Databases

Databases for industry information (NEW)

It may be useful to find out about problems faced by an industry, its cost for labour or upcoming trends.  In addition, try the business databases for journal articles (listed on this guide).

For more, consult the Market research guide

Find books

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."

Library Catalogue search guide

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

You can limit results to "Online Resources only" and  "Subject" (left-hand column)

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

Use pulldown menu and select, "Source Types" as "Books"

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

If you have found one book that is particularly relevant to your research, but need more, search that book in the library catalogue and use the subject headings associated with that book!


Selected books

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.

Government information


Government of Canada

  • The future of work [2018]
    • "As part of Canada Beyond 150, our nine-person interdepartmental team looked at the changing nature of work: how automation, telepresence, aging, identity, and capital and asset formation can lead to prosperity and social inclusion....

Statistics Canada

United States

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

International Labor Association Statistics (ILOSTAT) - database of labour statistics provides multiple datasets with annual and infra-annual labour market statistics for over 100 indicators and 230 countries, areas and territories, including annual indicators, short-term indicators, estimates and projects, and more.


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"

OECD Policy Forum on the Future of Work

Searching using Google

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

For more, try Search Tips for Google and Google Scholar

Presentation skills and writing help

See the Student Learning Commons for expert and friendly help with academic writing, learning, and study strategies.

Library guides