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Featured Resource: Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion

The Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion includes articles on body adornment, the fashion industry, the development of fabrics and textile technologies, and the social meanings of dress, as well as representative costumes from a wide range of historical eras.

Selected databases, websites, and digitized journals

Websites of Costume, Design, and Textile Museums

Research Tips


  • Consult bibliographies or footnotes at the end of books and articles
  • Email citations to yourself to save time and to stay organized.
  • Remember to note the location of any books you find in the catalog. Your research may be interdisciplinary and you may find useful books both in Clapp Library and in the Art Library.
  • using truncation symbols will work in most databases
  • Newspapers (i.e. New York Times) are great places to find information on exhibitions and artist biographical info.
  • Try searching via Google Scholar (rather than Google).
  • Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory (either search as ‘title’ in the catalog or you can find this on the Databases A-Z page) is a great place to check where specific journals are indexed.  For example, if you know that there is a terrific article in Renaissance Quarterly, but you have no idea what is the issue or date, you can look up Renaissance Quarterly in Ulrich’s; then click on the “Abstracting/Indexing & Article Access” tab to see where the journal is indexed.  Then search for the article in any of those indexes to which we subscribe (ie. BHA, Historical Abstracts, Academic Search Complete, etc.).

Subject Librarian

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Brooke Henderson
Art Library, Jewett Art Center
Phone: 781-283-3258