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Introductory Seminar in Labor and Employment Relations: 38:578:500:01: Find Books

Course Guide

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is the gateway to all information resources located in the Rutgers University Libraries.  Use keywords to search for the appropriate materials.  Some examples:

  • supply chains
  • corporations and pensions
  • employee participation

Searches using Library of Congress Subject Headings can yield more targeted results. You can find LC Subject Headings by typing a subject phrase into the catalog search box. Then select “Subject begins with” from the drop-down menu under the search box. The results will be the LC Subject Heading with references to related headings.  Or, you can use the subject headings listed in the full catalog record of a book on the topic.

Here are some examples of LC Subject Headings:

  • Foreign trade and employment
  • Globalization--Economic aspects
  • Industrial relations--United States
  • Migration and immigration  
  • Labor laws and legislation   
  • Labor unions
  • Women--Employment--United State
  • Working class--United States


Subject headings can be further narrowed by adding:

location: (United States or Canada),
aspect: (government policy, economic aspects, social aspects),
population: (women, Hispanic-Americans, Asia),
type of publication (congresses, periodicals)

To find other Library of Congress Subject Headings: type in (“labor unions”) in the search box, select “Subject

begins with” from the drop-down menu under the search box.

“Labor unions” will be the top choice, followed by narrower forms of the subject (Labor unions--Accounting, Labor

unions and communism, etc.)
Also look under the “Try these too” in the list on the right. 

Interlibrary Loan and Delivery

In many cases, library materials unavailable from the Rutgers University Library system can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Use the RUL web site or request assistance from the staff member at the reference desk. There are a variety of ILL/Delivery options, including campus delivery of books held in other RUL libraries and electronic delivery of journal articles held by RUL libraries:

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