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Workforce Automation: Home


Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for workforce automation research topics.  Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.



1. "the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically"

2. "the state of being operated automatically"

3. "automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of human labor" 

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Automation. In dictionary. 

Searching Tips

Searching Tips

Remember to the read any guidelines for your assignment before searching and finding sources. Make sure any articles used match the criteria set by your professor.

Consider the following:

  • Does your source need to be current?
  • Do articles need to be from a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Do you have to have certain types of sources (e.g. ebooks or articles)?
  • Is there minimum or maximum number of sources you need to use?

All these questions can usually be answered by reading your assignment guidelines. If there are specifications (e.g. the articles need to be from peer-reviewed journals) it is a good idea to select those limits when searching.

Starting Search Words

work AND automation

"workforce automation"

"workplace automation"

("self checkout" OR "self-checkout") AND automation

automation AND unemployment

automation AND "future of work"

To find more results, try combining terms with OR, for example:

"workforce automation" OR "workplace automation" 

To compare the nuances between search words, try searching just one word/phrase and then another.  For example, search automation AND "future of work"  Then, search automation AND unemployment. How are the results different? 

Experiment with removing the quotes and/or hyphens, as well as different combinations of terms and phrases.


Recommended Databases

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