Labor Subject Guide
Subject guides are designed to help students begin the
research process, find reputable sources, and save
the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
To locate books
and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library
Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice
many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject
Examples of Subject searches include:
labor unions; labor movement-United States; labor laws and legislation-California;
child labor-history; employee rights-United States; labor-encyclopedias;
working class-United States; and labor organizing.
Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items
that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out
time is shorter than regular circulating books.
To search for a
book on reserve in the Library
Catalog, select either Reserves
by Course or Reserves by Instructor.
When you have
located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and
present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.
the Library Collection
Materials in the
Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of
Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the
shelves by subject.
Areas in the collection to find materials on labor include:
|Labor. Work. Working Class
Strikes and Lockouts
|Classes of Labor
|Trade Unions. Workers Associations
Social Conditions of Labor
Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some examples of reference books in labor include:
Historical Encyclopedia of American Labor
Robert Weir and James P. Lanham, ed.s: Westport , Conn : Greenwood , 2004.
HD8066 H57 2004 Rosenberg Reference
Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics
Eva E. Jacobs. Lanham , Md : Bernan Press, 2006.
HD 8051 H36 2006 Rosenberg Reference
Your Rights in the Workplace
Garbara Kate Repa. Berkeley , CA : Nolo, 2005
KF 3455.Z9 R47 2005 Downtown Reference
Work: Opposing Viewpoints
James Haley, ed. San Diego, CA:
H61 W67 2002 Rosenberg Reference
Tough choices or tough times : the report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce.
San Francisco : John Wiley & Sons, c2007.
HD5715.2 .N32 2007 Reference
Directory of U.S. labor organizations.
Washington, D.C. : Bureau of National Affairs, 2006
HD6504 .D64 2006 Reference
Child Labor: A World History Companion
Jim McKechnie, and Michael Lavalette. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1999.
HD 6231 H63 1999 Rosenberg Reference
Recent Book Acquisitions in Labor Studies
(includes both print and electronic books)
Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases
databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles
by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries)
and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the
differences between scholarly
journal v. popular magazine articles?
Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access those that CCSF subscribes to. More information about your library bar code.
Gale is the vender for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Clicking on PowerSearch allows a combined search of 13 of these databases. You can limit your results to articles from scholarly journals only by checking the box "Refereed titles."
CQ provides lengthy research reports written
by the editorial staff of the Congressional Quarterly. CQ has a number
of reports relating to labor studies, for example, reports on the
labor movement's future, the living wage movement, child labor and
sweatshops, the glass ceiling, and the working poor.
(To access click on the Social Science Category)
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor,
Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and
Washington Post -- Time periods vary. Some examples of topics
discussed that relate to labor studies are labor agreements, collective
bargaining, migrant labor, workers rights, and labor actions.
Date range includes 1991 to the present. (To access click on the Newspapers Category)
Ethnic Newswatch is comprised of newspapers, magazines
and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in America.
It also contains a large number of articles on labor issues,
particularly as they relate to ethnic groups. (To access click on the Social Science Category)
Finding Web Resources
Below are some
examples of academic/scholarly web sites for labor. If you use
a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate
the quality of the results.
University of California, Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
Here is a rich gateway to a variety of online resources
relating to labor.
Labor Archives & Research Center
Paul J. Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
San Francisco Bay Area labor history is “preserved in primary source and vintage history materials” in this archive.
This is the main page of America's
major national union.
Change to Win Coalition
The web site of the breakaway labor coalition mounting a challenge
to the approach and organizing methods of the AFL-CIO.
Labor Studies Program San Francisco State Univerity
Government - Selected Sites
Select “Labor Links” to bring up an extensive list of links to labor union web sites.
Department of Labor
Access here information from the
Department of Labor and its many agencies, including, among others,
the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration and the Employment Standards Administration. There are
also links to related state sites.
National Labor Relations Board
The web site of the agency to enforce the National Labor Relations Act.
The act governs elections for those seeking union representation and the investigation
and remedy of unfair labor practices.
California Department of Industrial Relations
This is the agency for enforcing California labor and workplace
safety and health laws. Major topics include workers' compensation,
occupational safety and health, labor law, apprenticeship,
mediation and conciliation, and statistics and research.
Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
A UC Berkeley -
Teaching Library Internet Workshops
Analyzing Information Sources
Olin-Kroch-Uris Libraries at Cornell University.
and Citing Source
A quick and easy check list to use
when determining the quality of web documents. Prepared by
Librarians at CCSF.
help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415)
452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the
Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered
community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF
and Web Research Workshops
Fifty minute workshops are
given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for
books, articles and information on the Internet.
and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for
evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a
"Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid
Purdue's Online Writing
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate
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