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ATTENTION: This research guide was last modified on March 03, 2011, before the January 2012 redesign of the library's home page. Information on how to access journal articles, databases, and other library resources may be inaccurate or outdated.

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Beginning Research


Country Information and Labor History

More Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Articles Online

Scholarly Internet Research


Beginning Research

Where to Start?

  • What's your research question? What information do you need to find?

Who cares about the same information? (e.g.: the government, competitors, investors, etc.)

  • What kind of information do they need? Where would they get it?

Types of information available

  • Company and consular publications, such as websites, annual reports, etc. (primary sources)
  • Country studies, Articles from journals, magazines and newspapers (secondary sources)
  • Statistical, numeric and tabular data (primary or secondary)

Citation Styles: These comprehensive guides from the librarians at CSULA will help you use whichever citation style you choose.

Plagiarism: How to recognize it and avoid it!

What is a primary source? What is a secondary source? Click here to find out

Rules and advice

  • Find index descriptors attached to useful article citations- redo your search with these "Official Database Topic Terms"
  • Always use the E-Mail, Print and Save functions embedded within the database window. It is usually not a good idea to use the File-Print or File-Save As functions in the upper left hand corner of the browser.
  • All databases function essentially the same way and have similar features.

  • CONTROLLED VOCABULARY : Also called subject headings or descriptors. Official terms used to classify items in a database.
  • THESAURUS: List and finding aid for official controlled vocabulary terms. Also called Subject List.
  • ONLINE JOURNAL INDEX: A database that contains magazine, newspaper and journal articles e.g: PsycINFO.
  • JOURNAL (also SCHOLARLY JOURNAL): Scholarly publication, articles usually reviewed by experts in the field before publication; published for an academic audience; narrow focus; deeply researched e.g.; American Journal of Psychology
  • ABSTRACT: a brief summary of the main content of an article
  • FULL TEXT: the complete article. Click on the button to see if the Full Text is available.
  • CITATION: the basic information you need to find the full text of an article. Includes article title, author, publication, date, volume/issue and pages.

Country Information and Labor History

University Library

  • To find books on labor in specific countries: go to TOROFIND: the CSUDH Library Catalog and search on the title labor, and look for your country listed in the title. Look not only for that specific call number, but also check out the books in that section.
  • If you don't see your country listed, or want more titles, try an on labor and [your country] (in separate boxes).
  • If you still don't see your country listed, ask a reference librarian.

Country Overviews

University Library

  • Statesman's Year-Book [Ref JA51.S7]
  • Europa World Year Book [Ref JN1 .E85]
  • World Almanac [Ref and 3rd floor AY67.N5 W7]
  • EIU Country Commerce series: In looseleaf binders, one for every country [Ref HG4538 C68]

Subscription Databases*

Online indexes must be accessed through the CSUDH library homepage (library.csudh.edu). Select Journal Articles & Electronic Resources; You may either browse by subject area or go to your favorite resource using the Alphabetical List.
NOTE: These are subscription online journal indexes, selected and provided specifically for CSUDH students. To access from home, please see our How to Log in to the Databases from Off-Campus guide for instructions.
  • ABI/Inform Business Global: Indexes international business articles in magazines, scholarly and trade journals, newsletters and reports.
  • Business Source Premier: Indexes business articles from a variety of sources.
  • Lexis-Nexis: Indexes business, legal and news articles from global sources. (May be confusing to search - consult a librarian)
  • Business Full-text: From Wilson, indexes articles on global economics and business.
  • PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service): Scholarly research on international economic policy. Search on economics or politics and [your country].
  • Factiva: Choose a free text search, or you may limit by region or subject. Excellent information, but may be confusing to search - consult a librarian.

These are general databases, not specifically business-related, but very good for information on country information and current news:

  • Academic Search Premier : Indexes journals from a variety of disciplines. Full-text available.
  • ProQuest Databases : Search across disciplines and topics to find newspapers, magazines, journals, reports, and other formats. Lots of full text!
  • Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega : Multi-topic database containing full text articles from a variety of sources.

World Wide Web: Generally Available Resources

US Government sites and academic resources:

  • Country Studies: Area Handbooks : Prepared by the Library of Congress for U.S. military and foreign service personnel, these offer a brief history of a country, describe its culture and survey the country's economic and political environment. They are book length reports which can be retrieved a section at a time.
  • Foreign Labor Statistics -- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects and makes available comparative wage and compensation data for selected countries and selected industries within those countries.
  • Background Notes : Produced by the U.S. State Department. Contains brief overviews of countries, their governments and history.
  • World Factbook: From the CIA, an annual summary of basic intelligence on all countries of the world.

International Information:

  • HINT: Most countries interested in labor relations will have a website dedicated to this topic. Try a search on labor relations or labor history to find the closest match.
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development -- "Working toward the integration of developing countries in to the world economy." Many useful reports and statistics, and a very user-friendly search engine. Available in English, French and Spanish.
  • World Development Indicators: From the World Bank. Search on 54 timeseries indicators for 208 countries and 18 groups, spanning the latest 5 years available.
  • World Bank Countries and Regions: Economic overview and current news. Search by country.

Commercial and private sites:

More Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Articles Online
Use these databases to find scholarly journal articles about labor history in Latin America. 

Recommended indexes:

  • CQ Researcher: complete reports on controversial topics and federal legislation
  • ProQuest Databases: Excellent multi-subject index, with many full-text articles. Very easy to search.
  • Ethnic Newswatch : contains News, Culture and History from 200+ Publications of the Ethnic, Minority and Native Presses.
  • Wilson OmniFile Full-Text Mega: Another multi-subject index. Lots of full-text.
  • Readers Guide Full Text: Full text and citations to articles in magazines, newspapers and journals.
  • America History and Life : indexes over 2000 journals on American History.
  • Historical Abstracts : World history from 1450 to the present.
  • Humanities Full Text : Full text articles in the areas of history, literature and other humanities.
  • Social Sciences Full Text : Full text articles in the areas of sociology and other social sciences.
  • JSTOR: is an excellent resource for finding full-text, scholarly articles in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Project Muse: Scholarly articles on a wide range of topics in the humanities and social sciences.
  • eBrary and NetLibrary: electronic (web-based) complete books on a wide variety of scholarly subjects.
  • Oxford Journals: A major international publisher of academic and research journals, the collections cover Life Sciences, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Law, and include some of the most authoritative journals in their fields.

Not sure how to search? Use our How To Find Articles help page for assistance or click here.

Scholarly Internet Research

Remember, not all web sites are created equally. Some sites can be valid sources of information, but others are filled with opinion represented as fact. While there isn't a 100% effective way to figure out what kind of site you're looking at, here are some guidelines to follow when using the Internet for research:

  • Check Credibility - Is it easy to figure out who's behind the information? Does whomever it is know what they're talking about? Do they have qualifications in the field or some other reason to be trust-worthy in it?
  • Check Accuracy - Are the sources cited well? Is the information up-to-date? Are there any broad, sweeping generalisations that are impossible to verify?
  • Check Reasonableness - What is the page's point-of-view? Is it a corporate page trying to sell you a product? Is it a government or educational site where the main purpose is to educate people?
  • Check Support - Is it possible to double-check the information in another location?

Useful Scholarly Websites:

INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

IPL2 (Formerly Librarian's Internet Index) aims to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected websites, serving California, the nation, and the world. All links on the Index are selected and approved by librarians before inclusion.

For more information, check out our guide on Evaluating Web Resources.

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