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Labour Studies: Essay #2 - HIST 2200/LABR 2200 FALL 2021

Your Focus:

Developing an Interview with three participants involved in one of the following:

  1. Union organizing drive or strike in a Communist-led union during the Cold War
  2. Industrial workplace employing BIPOC or women workers during the Second World War
  3. Industrial or service workplace employing BIPOC or woman workers during the postwar period ( up to two decades after the Second World War)
  4. Public sector union organizing drive or strike, 1950s to 2000

*All of the above situations must be in Canada

(Prof. Julie Guard, 2021)

Explore Potential Sources

  • Check your course readings and decide what your imaginary debate setting is.  Next, you will need to find the sources that help you write the debate scenario.
  • Search Labour Studies Index
  • Google and explore some useful sources.  Here is a list of potential search examples to start your browsing and identifying useful sources: 
    • 1) communist-led union labour Canada
    • 2) ("world war two" OR "second world war") (working OR labour) Canada women -military
    • or ("world war two" OR "second world war") (working OR labour) Canada (racism OR discrimination)
    • or ("world war two" OR "second world war") (working OR labour) Canada (indigenous OR natives OR aboriginals) -military
    • 3) post-war working Canada (labour OR working) women
    • or post-war working Canada (labour OR working) racism
    • or post-war working Canada (labour OR working) (indigenous OR natives)
    • 4) history Canada labour strikes post-war
    • or history Canada labour strikes post-war 50's
    • or history Canada labour strikes post-war 60's, etc.
  • THE ABOVE ARE SOME EXAMPLES to start your searches.  You can revise and change it as it fits.
  • Check this reference:
    • Scan the footnotes and references at the bottom.  They can refer you to some valuable sources.

Some random sources that might be relevant:

Explore Newspaper Reporting - Globe and Mail

1) In the searching box, insert appropriate keywords.  If it is a phrase keyword, community-led union, for example, use quotation marks around the phrase and type "communist-led union."  If your topic is how BIPOC people were treated in the past, don't use BIPOC since the acronym only recently came to be used.  Instead, identify specific populations such as Black, Italian, Japanese, Natives, or even Indians, and consider how the larger society had identified them at the time of reporting.

2) For the convenience of browsing your results, you can limit your search results by Document Types (Articles, Features, Front Page/Cover Story, etc.).  Featured articles or cover stories likely provide more substantial content.  

3) Limit your search results by the range of years that are relevant to your topic.  For example, if your interest relates to World War II, you can select between 1941 and 1945 or longer, and if it's the postwar period and up to the following two decades, you would select from1945 to whatever the ending year.  Consider other historical significance.  For example, during the McCarthy era, people unjustly prosecuted communism or socialism.


Citation Style References

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Useful Sources & References

Research & Writing Tips

  • Refer to the assignment's guidelines.
  • Taking Notes by Margaret Procter, University of Toronto Writing Centre
  • Writing & Revising by Margaret Procter, University of Toronto Writing Centre

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References to Citation Styles

Chicago Citation Style - Notes & Bibliography (an official manual)

Blog Post | YouTube | Twitter Post (APA)

Blog Post/Web Site

Author, A. A. (Year, Month Date). Title of blog post. Blog Name. https://xxxxx

Author’s last nameInitial(s). [or the name of the body responsible]. (Year, Month Day of publication). Title of workWebsitehttps://URL


Fisher D. R. (2017, January 26).  The women’s march was only the beginning. Context:  Sociology for the Public.


Channel. (Year, Month Day of publication). Title of video [Video]. Website. https://URL


Scribbr. (2020, August 20). Develop a theoretical framework in 3 steps [Video]. YouTube.


Author name, Initials [@username]. (Year, Month Day). Text of tweet [Tweet]. Twitter. URL


Trump, D. J. [@realDonaldTrump]. (2020, September 28). FAKE NEWS! [Tweet]. Twitter.

Note:  Donal Trump’s twitter account has been suspended.  The 2nd line should be indented.

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