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Web Resources

Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

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Labor Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.

Searching 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 Keyword, etc.

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.

Reserve Materials

Reserve 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.


Browsing 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 HD 4801-8943
Labor Disputes. Strikes and Lockouts HD 5306-5474
Classes of Labor HD 6050-6305
Trade Unions. Workers Associations HD 6350-6940.7
Social Conditions of Labor HD 6951-6957


Using Key Reference Sources

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: Greenhaven, 2002.
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
Sandy Hobbs, 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

Periodical 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 Researcher
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)

Proquest Newspapers
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
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
Select “Labor Links” to bring up an extensive list of links to labor union web sites.

Government - Selected Sites

United States 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.


Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Webpages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
A UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Developed by Olin-Kroch-Uris Libraries at Cornell University.

Evaluating and Citing Source
A quick and easy check list to use when determining the quality of web documents. Prepared by Librarians at CCSF.


Need More Assistance?

For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg Library.

Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library 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.

Evaluating 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 plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs available!

A+ Research and Writing
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.

Writing Process @ CSU
Colorado State University developed these guides which "focus on a range of composing processes as well as issues related to the situations in which writers find themselves."

Send comments or suggestions to:

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Subject Selector
(415) 452-5541, 452-7030 (voicemail)

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