Industrial & Labour Relations

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
A dictionary of human resource management (Electronic resource)
Glossary of labour law and industrial relations
Roberts' dictionary of industrial relations
Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety 4th edition.  Part of the Workplace Health and Safety Information Database from the ILO.
Historical dictionary of organized labor 
The human resources glossary (Electronic resource)
Key concepts in human resource management
Labour law terms: a dictionary of Canadian labour law
Benefits and compensation glossary
Employee benefits desk encyclopedia
Work in America: an encyclopedia of history, policy and society

Canadian industrial relations and personnel developments
Blackwell handbook of mediation
Morneau Sobeco handbook of Canadian pension and benefit plans
Handbook of conflict management
Handbook of U.S. labor statistics : employment, earnings, prices, productivity, and other labor data
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Women and equality in the workplace : a reference handbook

Labour Facts
Chronology of labor in the United States 
First facts of American labor
Labor conflict in the United States :
Work in America : an encyclopedia of history, policy, and society

Biographical dictionary of American labor
Dictionary of labour biography  13 v.  (Great Britain)
Up from the ranks  Profiles prominent Canadian trade union leaders.

Directory of labour organizations in Canada
National trade and professional associations of the United States

Journal Articles

Good to know:

  1. Within a database, limit your search to scholarly articles when it is appropriate to disregard other resources.
  2. Never limit to full-text only as we may subscribe to the journal you find from another vendor.  Use the Get it! icon to search for the full text when it is not immediately available.
  3. Use available options to search more than one database at a time.
  4. Look for the option to set up an RSS feed  or to Create an Alert.  You are then notified when a new entry is added to the database that meets your search criteria.
  5. Use the Interlibrary Loans RACER form to request items not held at Carleton’s library.  

Grey Literature

Grey literature is an important source of information for research. It provides access to a broad range of information and often contains new ideas. Searching grey literature also offers the potential to balance any tendencies for publication bias found in published literature. It helps introduce alternative perspectives that may not be represented in standard literature.

Examples of grey literature include:

  • technical or research reports
  • committee reports
  • market reports
  • conference papers
  • white papers
  • poster
  • pamphlet
  • conference presentations
  • blogs
  • emails
  • podcasts
  • government documents
  • speeches
  • preprint materials
  • theses and dissertation
  • newsletters
  • clinical trials

Resources for finding grey literature

Policy Reports and Working Papers

Think Tanks

  • ‚ÄčHillwatch - provides an excellent listing of Canadian and international think tanks.
  • Harvard Kennedy School provides a searchable database of more tha 590 think tanks and research centres.

News Sources

Tips for Newspaper Searching

  • Canadian Newsstand Access to over 280 Canadian news sources
  • Eureka Fulltext Canadian French and English newspapers from Alberta, the Atlantic provinces, Québec and aboriginal communities. Includes fulltext transcripts radio and television broadcats from CBC, CTV and SRC.
  • Factiva (Globe and Mail and the Wall Street Journal live here)
  • PressReader PDFs to more than 2300 newspapers from 97 countries in over 55 languages.
  • Wire Report The leading news service covering Canada's rapidly converging telecom and media sectors.
  • Journalist's resource: research on today's news topics


Content last updated: April 26, 2020