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Zotero, an open source, browser-based citation manager, is the recommended tool for citations and bibliography.

Citing in APA Style

The Labour Studies Department recommends APA style:

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Also known as the APA Style Manual. 7th ed. 2019. Print.

An easyguide to APA style. 2014. Print.

Purdue Online Writing Lab. Open access site for learning how to cite in APA style and other styles.

Citing Sources

Properly citing your sources is an extremely valuable and necessary skill when completing your research. See Laurentian's Citation Style Guides for quick reference guides on commonly used citation styles.


The study of labour and working people includes history, law, Canadian studies, sociology, management studies, and politics. This guide list a number of key resources that will help you to find what you need to know.

Please e-mail me if you would like to consult on your research.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

The Canadian encyclopedia. Online and Print.

Historical dictionary of organized labor. 2012. Online.

The lexicon of labor.  Rev. ed. 2010. Print. American emphasis.

Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety. 1983. Print. International perspectives.

Encyclopedia of U.S. labor and working-class history. 2007. Print. Useful for its coverage of issues like environmentalism, globalization and corporate anti-unionism.

International encyclopedia of revolution and protest. 2012. Online. Includes Canada.

Labour law and industrial relations in Canada. 1981. Print.

Labour and the law

Canadian guide to uniform legal citation. 8th ed. 2014. Also known as The McGill Guide.

CanLII: Canadian Legal Information Institute. Legal cases, legislation, and related commentary.

Canadian legal research and writing guide. Open access ebook.

Cardiff index to legal abbreviations. Open access international index of short forms.

Labour arbitration cases. 1948-2016. Print.

Labour law terms: a dictionary of Canadian labour law. 1984. Print.

Legal citation with 9th edition of the McGill guide.

Research and writing in labour studies

More Help

In the library: The Library User Assistance Desk to your immediate left as you enter the library is a good place to start.

By email: Email the librarian responsible for your faculty for a reply during regular working hours.

Research consultations: Book a research consultation with the librarian responsible for your faculty by Zoom or phone.

By chat: With our "Ask the Library" service. For more information, see About Ask a Librarian.

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Dissertations and Theses

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses ?

    Description: This database includes 2.7 million searchable citations to doctoral dissertation and Master's theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Full text has been added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Those not available full-text may be ordered privately; they are not normally available through interlibrary loan.

  • Theses Canada ?

    Description: "Canadian universities participate in the program voluntarily by submitting approved theses and dissertation to Theses Canada." Published by Library and Archives Canada.

  • Dissertations & Theses @ Laurentian University ?

    Description: This database gives access to the dissertations and theses produced by students at Laurentian University

  • DART-Europe E-Theses Portal ?

    Description: "The DART-Europe E-theses Portal is a searchable database of electronic research theses held in European repositories. The theses listed are open access - publicly available, in full, without charge." - publisher's info.

  • EThOS — British Library e-theses online service ?

    Description: EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. There are approximately 380,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Around 120,000 of these also provide access to the full text thesis, either via download from the EThOS database or via links to the institution’s own repository.

  • Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) ?

    Description: aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. - Publisher's description

Call Numbers for Labour Studies

The following call numbers of the Library of Congress classification schedule are the most important for materials on labour studies:

HA Statistics
HD Industry and labour, especially HD 4800-8900 for books on labour, work, and working people
HM Sociology. History. Theory.  Culture. Groups and organizations. Social psychology
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
HX Socialism, Communism, Anarchism


Laurentian Library Catalogue and Worldcat allows you to search for books worldwide. Our books are listed in WorldCat. If we don't have it, you could request it through RACER, our interlibrary loan service.

Ebook collections

  • Ebook Central ?

    Description: close to 40,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library ?

    Description: Over 80 reference ebooks in multiple subject areas.

  • Intelex Past Masters: Full-Text Humanities ?

    Description: Description: Encompasses the largest collection of primary source full-text electronic editions in philosophy in the world. Includes significant collections in the history of political thought and theory, religious studies, education, German studies, sociology, the history and philosophy of science, economics, and classics. Features definitive editions of the full corpora of the seminal figures in the history of the human sciences, including published and unpublished works, articles, essays, reviews, and correspondence. Publishes collections in English and English translation, German, French, Latin, Danish, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Also includes The English Letters Collection (letters or correspondence and in some cases the notebooks, diaries, and memoirs of the most significant figures in English cultural history, politics, religion and the arts), the Women Writers Collection, and the Pickering & Chatto Women's Studies Collection. --Publisher’s description

  • Oxford Scholarship Online ?

    Description: Over 13,960 ebooks in multiple subject areas.

  • EBSCOHost eBook Collection ?

    Description: Over 7,500 ebooks in multiple subject areas

  • Scholars Portal - Ebooks ?

    Description: Over 345,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas. Select Full Text Only to find only those ebooks with full text.

  • Springer LINK ?

    Description: SpringerLink currently offers 2,777 fully peer-reviewed journals and over 151,000 books online.

  • Taylor & Francis E-books ?

    Description: More than 15,000 e-books in multiple subject areas.

  • ACLS Humanities Ebooks ?

    Description: over 6,200 ebooks in the humanities

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National and International Newspapers

  • Globe & Mail (Historical) ?

    Description: Canada's national newspaper. Articles and full page reproductions of the complete newspaper from 1844 to 2012.

  • Nexis Uni ?

    Description: Nexis Uni is a rich source of news, business and legal information.

Regional Newspapers

The Sudbury Star. Online, text-only from  2016 from Nexis Uni. The backrun is available on microfilm from 1910 with an Index of issues from 1910 to 1979.

The Library has on microfilm the North Bay Nugget (1912-2015) and Sault Star (1901-2015). Online, text-only versions from Eureka (2012 - ) and Nexis Uni (2016- ) are also available.

The Manitoulin Expositor. Microfilm from 1883 to 1982. Microfiche from 1985-2013. There are also print holdings at the University of Sudbury library from 1978-1985 and from 2004 to the present (several issues are missing).

Historical and Canadian Studies

  • Academic OneFile ?

    Description: More than 14,000 titles, including more than 9,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 6,000 in full text. Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects since 1980.

  • America: History and Life ?

    Description: Covers literature on the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada from prehistory to the present. The index includes 1,700 journals from as far back as 1910. Access is limited to 6 concurrent users.

  • Canadian Labour History Bibliography, 1976-2009 ?

    Description: Historical studies of Canadian labour from 1800 to 1975.

  • Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly (CPI.Q) ?

    Description: The CPI provides access to articles from a comprehensive list of Canadian and international journals, magazines, selected sections of the Globe and Mail, Canadian biographies and other reference content from Gale™, all with a Canadian focus. Indexing from 1980 to present; Full-text articles from 1983 to present.

  • Google Scholar ?

    Description: "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature... across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites."

  • JSTOR ?

    Description: JSTOR includes the archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references. Note: Normally the journals in JSTOR are five years from current; further, all JSTOR journals are available through the "Get it @ Laurentian" link from other databases. JSTOR should NOT be used as at the first resort.

  • Labour Studies Index ?

    Description: Open-access index of recent publications in Canadian labour studies including books, book chapters, journal articles, reviews, commissioned reports, and theses. Indexes comprehensively the journals Labour/Le Travail, Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations and Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society. The Index is produced by Desmond Maley and Dan Scott, J.-N. Desmarais Library, Laurentian University.

Legal Resources

  • CanLII ?

    Description: Published open-access by the Canadian Legal Information Institute. Provides access to court judgments, tribunal decisions, statutes and regulations from all Canadian jurisdictions. Includes arbitration awards.

  • Nexis Uni ?

    Description: Nexis Uni is a rich source of news, business and legal information.

Government Publications

The Labour Gazette. 1900-1978. Print. V. 1 (1900-1901) to v.  65 (1965) is also available open-access at Internet Archive.


  • EconLit ?

    Description: Indexes full-text articles in all fields of economics including capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, environmental economics, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, and urban economics. Produced by the American Economics Association since 1969.

Political Studies


  • Sociological Abstracts ?

    Description: Covers the international literature of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences since 1952. Also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers and working papers.

  • Google Scholar ?

    Description: "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature... across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites."