Fashion Subject Guide - Library & Learning Resources - City College of San Francisco
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Finding Books

Reserve Books

Subject Headings

Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Web Resources

Career Related Links


Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Help

Fashion Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.

Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc.

Examples of Subject searches include:apparel, clothing, costume, dressmaking, fashion industry, fashion history, fashion designers, garment cutting, sweatshop workers, tailoring.

Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter than regular circulating books.

To search for a book on reserve in the Library Catalog, select either Reserves by Course or Reserves by Instructor.

When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.


Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on fashion and costuming include:

Costume. Dress. Fashion GT 500-2670
Clothing Manufacture. Dressmaking. Tailoring TT 490-695
Sewing. Embrodery. Decorative crafts TT 697-927


Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books related to fashion include:

World of Fashion: People, places and resources.
Eleanor Lambert. New York: R.R. Bowker Co., 1976
TT 497. L3x Rosenberg Reference

Fairchild's Dictionary of Fashion.
Charlotte Mankey Calasibetta. New York: Fairchild Books, 1998.
TT503. C34 1998 Rosenberg Reference, Downtown Reference.

Costume Index, supplement: A subject index to plates and illustrated texts.
Isabel Stevenson Monro. Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press, 1996..
GT 508 M75x Rosenberg Reference.

Fashion and costume in American popular culture: A reference guide.
Valerie Burnhan Oliver. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1957.
Z5694 U5 O45 1996 Rosenberg Reference.


Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences between scholarly journal v. popular magazine articles?

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the Library either in person or online.

Infotrac Web
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Most useful for fashion topics are the InfoTrac Business Resources ASAP, OneFile, and Expanded Academic. These databases let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly journals by checking the box "Refereed titles."

Proquest Newspapers
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and Washington Post -- Time periods vary.

Ethnic Newswatch
Comprised of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in America, this unique body of materials covers a wide range of current topics and countless other social, political and educational subjects. More than 200 publications covering 1995 to the present are represented, and searchable in both English and Spanish.

SFPL - Electronic Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers
San Francisco Public Library subscribes to many periodical and reference databases. You must have a San Francisco Public Library card number to access them. Once you have entered your barcode number, select the subject - Business.


Finding Web Resources

Below are some examples of academic/scholarly and trade web sites for fashion. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.

Apparel Search
Apparel Search is the largest and fastest growing online guide to the Apparel & Textile Industry. It provides excellent resources that aid industry professionals in efficiently and effectively completing daily tasks. Hyperlinks reach Manufacturers, Wholesalers, Retailers, Freight Companies, Customs, Warehousing, Quality Standards, Education / Training, Trade Shows, Publications, Model Agencies, News, Employment etc...

Fashion and Costuming Resources
A list of annotated links to Web sites relating to costuming, fashion (both historical and current), the fashion industry, education, and more. Provided by Association of College and Research Libraries' C&RL NewsNet Internet Resources (1999).

First View
A great source for runway pictures of Milan, Paris, London and New York fashion shows. Although a subscription is required for the very latest shows, find thousands of free photos of over 175 top designers' collections. Site has photographs only.

The popular magazine's online version.

Costume Page
A comprehensive directory of more than 2,000 costume and costuming-related links, for the benefit of those who make and/or study costumesand those interested in fashion, textile art, and costume history. A must browse website.

Fashion Net
This site features a fashion-specific Web sites search engine, links to industry sites, with categories including: cosmetics, designers, magazines, models and modeling, schools, shopping and shows, chat and message boards, jobs, and more.

Elizabethan Costuming Page
A searchable site that includes information, drawings, and photos about clothing for peasant, middle, and upper class men and women from the Tudor and Elizabethan periods (sixteenth century) in English history. Also includes patterns.


Career Related Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This great source describes the nature of the work, job outlook, earnings, training and other job qualifications, job outlook and related professions. It is a great starting point to learn what you need to know about a profession. The following jobs relate to the fashion industry:

Fashion Career Center
Post a resume, search for an agent, find schools all around the world, search job postings, and find other fashion career information.

Jobs in Fashion
An easy-to-use, online tool to assist industry professionals in landing the perfect job. Search our job listings, post your resume, or utilize the resources in our career center for information on fashion desig, retail sales, or manufacturing and production.

With a focus on apparel, footwear, retail, textiles and upholstery, StyleCareers provides an accurate and targeted job search tools in the sewn goods industry.



Find a small sample of various types of associations related to the fashion and textile industry.

American Apparel & Footwear Association
A national trade association which represents apparel and footwear companies in the global market.

American Sewing Guild
With over 18,000 members and over 100 chapters across the nationthe ASG is very much driven by the volunteer power of its membership who sponsor local special events, community service projects, membership drives, fashion shows, produce local newsletters, establish educational programs, and much more.

California Fashion Association
The first state-wide forum for the fashion industry.

Need More Assistance?

For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg Library.

Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for books, articles and information on the Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
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