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T/D 225: Costume Craft and Design

Fall 2010
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Instructor: Larissa McConnell
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg

Table of Contents:

Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • American Decades
    Presents social and cultural history in ten-year periods, covering the arts, business, fashion, law, medicine, religion, and more.
    • Location(s): Ref E 169.12 .A419 1994 (10 vols.)
  • Dictionary of English Costume
    Covers English costume, from accordion-pleating to zouave trousers. Includes glossary.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 507 .C8 1968
  • Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
    An interdisciplinary compendium of information about fashion, with articles on topics as specific as "zoot suit" to as wide-ranging as "globalization." Also includes articles on such topics as footbinding, sweatshops, and body piercing.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 507 .E53 2005 (3 vols.)
  • Fashion: Critical and Primary Sources
    Critical essays on fashion cover four time periods: Late Medieval to Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century to today.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 580 .F374 2009 (v. 1-4)
  • Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through American History 1900 to the Present
    This encyclopedia is arranged chronologically, and covers the social significance of dress as well as fashion and the fashion industry. Includes index, bibliography, and glossary.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 615 .G74 2008 (v. 1-2)
  • Guide to Historic Costume
    Arranged alphabetically by topic, this guide covers historic costume, from "aesthetic/artistic dress" to "Wellingtons." Includes black and white illustrations for many entries.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 730 .B33 1995
  • Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes
    Originally published in 1888 by Auguste Racinet, covers the ancient world through traditional costumes of the 1880s. While more recent sources may be more accurate, it is considered by many a classic in the history of dress.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 510 .R3313 1988
  • History of Fashion
    Offers color plates taken from artworks of various periods to illustrate contemporary dress in historical periods. Useful both for finding out about fashions and for getting a sense of how people of a given period represented themselves.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 510 .B53 1975b
  • Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion from 1066 to the Present
    Illustrations of costumes from 1066 to 1990. Includes index.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 585 .C38 1994
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • Browsing for Books
    If you'd like to browse the shelves, you might find the following call number areas of interest. Books related to costume design may be found in the Reference Collection, General Collection, and Oversize Collection (books with pictures are often larger and shelved in Oversize).
    • GT 500-2370 Costume. Dress. Fashion.
    • TT Handicrafts. Arts and crafts.
      • TT 490-695 Clothing manufacture. Dressmaking. Tailoring.
  • Library of Congress Classification System

    In our library, books on the same subject are shelved together by call number according to the Library of Congress Classification System. When searching MnPALS, check the "Location" column for the call number.
  • Subject Searching
    Subject terms: Depending on your topic, these subject terms might be useful when searching MnPALS: Costume, Costume and Dress, Costume Design, Dressmaking, Tailoring, Cosmetics, Fashion, Jewelry, Masks, Theatrical Makeup.

    Illustrations: When examining the MnPALS record for a book, look for the abbreviation ill., which indicates that the book is illustrated.

    Pictorial works: To find books with pictures, you can combine the phrase pictorial works with another key term. It can be useful to combine the phrase pictorial works with social life and customs or history.

    Related topics: Remember that pictures of dress appear in books in many subject areas, such as history, photography, and art.
Popular Magazines in Print

Back issues of popular magazines with illustrations and photos can be a source of pictures for costume design. Magazines such as LIFE and TIME are located on the library's lower level.

Web Sites

    The Catalog of Art Museum Images Online (CAMIO) is a growing collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering a range of expressive forms. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    • You can browse the collection by category, including Costume and Jewelry.
  • Milieux: The Costume Site

    Links to museums, historical information, instructions on how to make costumes, and more.
Citing Your Sources

Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.

Interlibrary Loan

We can order books and articles from other libraries if you need something we don't have.

Reference Desk

Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.

During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.

You can also e-mail a librarian ( or IM/Chat with a librarian.

Contacting Anna
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at or call me at x7566.

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