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LER410 Labor and the European Union

LER 410 - Labor and the European Union - Spring 2012

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Above the doors to the Main Library are inscribed the words, "The Hope of Democracy Depends Upon the Diffusion of Information and Knowledge." This accurately sums up the attitude of the founding fathers of our federal states. The basic tenets of our form of government require free and easy access to information concerning the workings of our government. It is very important to understand that this belief is not a universal one. Despite the democratic forms of government of and in the European Union, the information cultures from which these governments are formed do not universally subscribe to the same beliefs about freedom of access. This is reflected in the access and use policies that surround European Union publications.  Here we will emphasize materials that might be of use while you are exploring the issues of unions, public sector work and immigration within the European Union.

Resources from the European Union

Europa - Homepage and massive website for the European Union.  This links you to everything from basic information on what the European Union is to the ways laws are made.  When you get tired of doing serious work, go to Europago, a site targeted to younger EU citizens that provides some challenging games.

EuroBarometer -  Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission. Surveys and studies address major topics concerning European citizenship: enlargement, social situation, health, culture, information technology, environment, the Euro, defense, etc. - Reports from 1973 to date

Eurostats - According to the site, "Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions".  The site includes a lot of good information on how it can be used.

EIROnline- A publication dedicated to monitoring European industrial relations.

Work and Pensions in the EU - Information on a variety of topics related to labor and employment in the EU.

Official Documents - Here you can access the documents and law of the EU.  The Official Journal is similar to our own Federal Register providing access to laws, regulations, and other documents.

EU Bookshop - Access EU publications that have been digitized and are free to download going back to 1952.  Look under the Themes for "Economy - Finance" and you will find items like the European Job Mobility Bulletin.

EURODOCS - Primarily historical in nature, zccording to the website "These links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history. The order of documents is chronological wherever possible.These open access sources are readily available to all -- without fees or subscriptions."

Archive of European Integration - From the web site - "The AEI is an electronic repository and archive for research materials on the topic of European integration and unification. The AEI collects two types of materials: certain types of independently-produced research materials and official European Community/European Union documents."

Useful Databases

Other Useful Sites

Learn to Use the Library - A great place to go for information about library orientation, research assistance, the Library video network, FAQs, and tutorials

RefWorks - All the information you need to start using the RefWorks bibliographic citation software. Effective July 1, 2016, the University Library is cancelling its subscription to RefWorks. More information about this decision and options for moving your RefWorks content to another citation management tool are outlined in the RefWorks Transition Guide: Please contact the Library’s Citation Management Working Group at with any questions or requests for assistance.

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