A Guide to Fashion Information Sources

General Reference

Get your research going with a specialized encyclopedia located on the first floor of the library.
Here's a sampler of reference books in the library:
Encyclopedia of clothing and fashion
REF GT 507 .E53 2005
Encyclopedia of world dress and fashion
REF GT 507 .E54 2010
Survey of historic costume : a history of western dress
REF GT 580 .T67 2010
The fashion designer's textile directory
REF TS 1309 .B315 2011
Historical dictionary of the fashion industry
REF TT 494 .S84 2008
The complete fashion sourcebook
REF GT 596 .P393 2005
Fashion accessories : the complete 20th century sourcebook
REF GT 596 .P395 2000

Books & Media

Try a keyword search on the topic of your choice in the Library Catalog.
Also try searching in OhioLINK for books at other colleges and universities.
Browse Subject Headings:


E-books can be accessed anywhere, from on or off campus.
Fashion design essentials: 100 principles of fashion design
Essential fashion illustration: color + medium
Fashion details: 1,000 ideas from neckline to waistline, pockets to pleats
Textiles and fashion
and many more.


Fashion design careers: do you have what it takes?


Looking for a journal article? Journal databases can be accessed on or off campus.
The following are particularly good sources for fashion:
Academic Search Complete - Index, abstracts, and full text for many scholarly publications covering all academic areas of study.
America: History and Life - Index to articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
Art Full Text - Index and abstracts for articles in art.
Article First (OCLC) - Index of articles, news stories, letters, and other items from over 12,000 journals. Topics covered include business, humanities, medicine, popular culture, sciences, social science, and technology.
Business Source Complete - Index, abstracts, and full text covering scholarly business journals on management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more.
Historical Abstracts - Index and abstracts to articles covering world history from 1450 to present (excluding U.S. and Canada).
Newspaper Source - Full text for regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, and newspaper columns.


Halt! Before you Google, try this:
Artstor - A digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. This is particularly good for historical fashion projects.


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Chicago History Museum, Digital Collection: Costume and Textile Collection - features 50,000-plus artifacts from the mid-18th century to present.
The Costume Gallery - Costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Costumer's Manifesto - A premier site with over 800 pages of fashion and costume information.
Drexel University Costume Collection - Historic costume collection at Drexel University.
Elizabethan Costume Page - A goldmine of information on 16th century English dress.
FabricLink - Information about various fabrics, their care, fabric products, and fabric industry news and innovation.
Fashion-Era - Analyzes two centuries of women's costume history and fashion history silhouettes in detail.
Fashion Net: The Guide to All Things Chic - Current fashion news as well as information on designers, fashion shows, museums related to fashion as well as job listings, fashion schools, and advice on how to have a career in the fashion industry.
International Year of Natural Fibres - Website for this international year that has the goal of raising "the profile of [natural] fibres and to emphasise their value to consumers while helping to sustain the incomes of the farmers." Includes feature stories about natural fibers and fiber industry (such as Peru's alpaca herders), event listings, and profiles of natural fibers such as flax, jute, sisal, and wool.
Textile Exchange - Comprehensive coverage of the textile industry from crochet machines to the uses of acrylic yarn.
Ursuline Fashion Links - Ursuline Department of Fashion recommended websites.

Smart Researching

The C.R.A.P Test - Learn how to distinguish good websites from bad.
Noodle Tools - Generate citations for your bibliography.
RefWorks - Keep all your citations in one place, and never lose a source again.

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