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Child labour (specific industries)

26 Mar 2014

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Current Events, Society and culture

Where can we find information about "specific industries that use child labour", especially case studies of individuals and/or countries trapped in this cycle?

LEVEL: Secondary

For a general overview and introduction to the topic, first check out our ManyAnswers entry on Child Labour.

One of the best places to start your search is the EPIC databases. These are a collection of information databases that can be really helpful for all sorts of assignment topics through high school.

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online.

Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

For a general overview on Child Labour in the world today, start with Encyclopedia Britannica. Here you can search 'Child Labour' on the main page and then select the level that suits you best (for example, Senior High School or Middle School).

We also recommend Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Global Issues in Context, as these link to news articles, magazine articles, videos and different viewpoints on the topic. Because these databases use American spelling, search 'Child labor' for the best results.

You can also use Google to find more information on specific industries that use child labour. First choose an industry then use it as your keyword along with 'child labour'. For example, 'agriculture child labour'.

To find other industries that use child labour, check out the Child Labor Public Education Project link from our main ManyAnswers Child Labour entry.

HOT TIP: When looking through the results on Google, a website’s address (URL) can give you a hint about how reliable it is. Look for addresses in the results that have .edu in the URL or .ac (for educational sites from New Zealand). These are quality sites from educational institutions such as universities. Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the ‘about us’ link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are. Websites that have .org are from organisations, and it's a good idea to read the 'about us' link on their website too.

You may get Wiki or Yahoo!Answers results from putting a question like this in Google or Carrot2. It’s best to avoid these sites, as anyone can put any answers there, and the information isn’t checked.

You might also find some useful information in our ManyAnswers entry on Child Labour (Benefits and Disadvantages)

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