LBST 311: Labour and the Environment

Contact info

If you need assistance with library research, please email Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Labour Studies, or use the Ask a Librarian link.

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 books

    How to use the Library Catalogue  [guide]

    Do a Library Catalogue search to see if the Library owns or provides access to the sources that you've identified. 

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

    Search by topic, using Basic or Advanced Search

    Note: In the searches belowyou can limited results to "Online Resources only" and "Resource type" of "Books" and "Subjects"

    Research topic 

    How does  government policy about the environment affect labour


    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 pull-down 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!

      Subject headings

      Catalogue Search / Browse then change "Title" to "Subject" and enter your subject term

      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.

      ProQuest Sociology Collection  International literature in sociology and social services, and related fields. Searches multiple databases including: Applied Social Science Index, ProQuest Sociology Database, Social Services Abstracts, and Sociological Abstracts.

      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.

      Environment Complete
      Articles on ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.

      ScienceDirect    Ebooks and journal articles on science and medicine, from Elsevier.

      CBCA Complete  Comprehensive Canadian periodical collection for reference and current events. Publications include scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.

      If you have a reference (citation) for a book or journal article from another source, you can also use this tool to locate a copy: From Citation to Article

      Government documents

      Government of Canada

      Statistics Canada - the major statistical gathering agency of the federal government. It publishes the "whole range of statistics on the economic and social activities of the Canadian people". There are daily, weekly, quarterly, annual and irregular publications. They also publish the Census of Canada at five-year intervals. A centralized place to find information from local, state, and U.S. Government Agency websites.

      International Labour Organiazation (ILO)

      Google search tips

      Search results limited to words in the title of document, using "intitle:".  Use capital "OR" for synonynms. Put braces "()" around words that mean the same thing. intitle:(labor OR labour OR jobs) intitle:climate

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