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This guide is intended to help you find both print and online costume and fashion resources.

This guide is intended to help you find both print and online costume and fashion resources. This guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources. If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, April Sheppard, at

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Scholarly and peer reviewed are your "academic" articles. These are the ones that deal directly with research, history, or theory. Most likely, your professor wants you to use these types of articles. These types of articles are written by scholars, experts in the field often associated with a university or an organization. Peer reviewed articles must also be approved by a group of scholars before being published to ensure that the research presented is factual and relevant. Not everyone can get peer reviewed.

Popular magazine articles are usually ones that you read for entertainment. These are usually the type of publications that you find at the grocery store checkout. Chances are if there's a celebrity on the cover, it's a popular magazine.

For a more in-depth look at the differences, please visit our Scholarly Journals guide.


All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings.

GR 420 - 426

GT 500 - 2370

NK 4700 - 4890

TT 490 - 695

TT950 - 979






Costume, jewelry

Costume. Dress. Fashion


Dressmaking. Tailoring

Hairdressing. Beauty culture.

You may notice that the call numbers fall into two categories: the "G's" and the "N's."  So, what's the difference?  Items with a "G" call number are more everyday fashion and/or fashion design (think runway).  Items that are in the "NK" section are specific to fashion and costume design within theatre whereas the "TT" section has to do with the actual manufactoring of clothing.  In some cases, you may see call numbers that start with "PN." These are books that have been mixed in with the theatre section.


Databases with green All Full Text or partially green Partial Full Text icons offer some level of free, full-text articles. In most cases, you must be affiliated with A-State to view the article or on the A-State campus. Some database offer a "pay-per-view" service where you can buy an article not available for free and have immediate access. If you do not need immediate access to the article, you may also request it through Interlibrary Loan for free. Articles requested through Interlibrary Loan can take 2-5 business days to come in, depending on the lending library. You can also digital scans from our physical collection through Digital Delivery.

To view all our Fine Arts databases, click here.

To view all our databases, click here.


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Costume and fashion cover a wide range of topics. If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, here are some keywords you can use that might help you get started:

  • Advertisements
  • Beauty
  • Costume
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Dress
  • Dressmaking
  • Fashion
  • Hairdressing
  • Historic
  • Illustration
  • Jewelry
  • Makeup
  • Pattern
  • Performing Arts
  • Style
  • Tailoring
  • Theatre
  • Trends
  • Visual Arts

If you want to combine keywords, use the connector AND between terms:

Jewelry AND "performing arts"

You can learn more about connectors in our Boolean Searching guide.