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Selection policy for Labordoc

The Labordoc database provides comprehensive coverage on work issues, sustainable livelihoods, and the work related aspects of economic and social development, trade, technological change and human rights. Material on the more general aspects of economic and social development is selected according to its importance to the world of work or its relevance to development trends and issues.

All ILO publications whether produced for sale or for limited distribution and in all languages, including languages in non-Roman alphabets, are catalogued in Labordoc.

As well as providing references to books, working papers, reports and conference papers, approximately one third of the material added to Labordoc each month are articles selected from over 500 journals.

Within that broad selection policy, there are some qualifications:

  • There is a very strong focus on empirical material. General economic theory is well covered and easily available in other databases and therefore is not covered in any thorough way in Labordoc. However, theoretical material on labour economics, gender economics, development economics and welfare economics is included.
  • Labordoc provides extensive coverage of publications on developing countries and transition economies and a particular effort is made to find material published in these countries.
  • There is a systematic effort to cover all the relevant publications of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Most of the literature included in Labordoc is in English, French and Spanish. Publications in other languages are also included but on a much more selective basis.
  • Historical material is not covered in Labordoc except for the occasional book on trade union history. In general, the material chosen reflects the current situation and/or recent trends. (Long term trends are not excluded, but they should reach the present day.)
  • Labordoc does not generally include "news" articles (e.g. such as those published in the Economist or Le nouvel observateur, or Tiempo) which are of very short-term interest. However, exceptions are made in the case of new social trends which have not been written about extensively in the academic press.
  • The ILO Library does not index all articles in a journal, except for certain journals published by the ILO. Nevertheless, for some journals the coverage is practically cover to cover.

Finally, there are two work-related subject areas which Labordoc does not cover and which might be expected to be found there. The first is the technical and medical aspects of occupational health. This subject area is covered by another ILO database called CISDOC. Nor is the field of personnel management covered in Labordoc except as it intersects with the broader question of social change within the workplace and the future of work and employment relations.

For further information on Labordoc acquistions policy, please contact the
Bureau of Library and Information Services;
Tel: +41 22 799 8625;

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Last update: 04.07.2012^ top