Research Guides


AM250 Pathfinder

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For *Library Portions* of the Semester Long Project Only
[see your syllabus and assignment for details]

Cultural Group Articles

Select a cultural group from the list provided by the instructor. See recommended subject headings.

Sources: Shelf Reserve | Databases | Reference Books | Books in the Stacks

Shelf Reserve List set up by your instructor and available at the Morgan Library Loan/Reserve Desk. Includes an extensive collection of materials designed to assist you with this assignment. Check out things from the Desk with your Student ID. See AM250 Shelf Reserve for annotations of these books.

Copy of class handout for Spring 2009.

Select List of Databases

[If you'd like the complete listing of databases or have problems logging in to any of the links below, please go to the databases page by clicking the "Databases" link on the toolbar at the top of the page. See also How to Find Journal Articles and How to Evaluate Journal Articles.]

Academic Search Premier Multidisciplinary database with full text articles to select publications (either in PDF-includes images; or HTML format-usually no images). Not all citations include the full text of the article. Articles might be refereed academic journals or popular magazines. Also indexes images. Subject Terms: Clothing & Dress, Dress Accessories, Women’s Clothing, Men’s clothing, Clothing trade, fashion; narrow by specific country.

America History and Life Indexes major journals, books, conference proceedings and dissertations in American History, American Studies. Some information on American art, architecture , design and costume. Useful for Native American research. Check Sage for holdings. Most dissertations before 1997 and many conference proceedings will NOT be in the library. Search terms: American history and American studies; art, architecture, design and costume.

Art Abstracts (1984-present) and Art Index Retrospective, 1929-1984. Coverage includes over 417,000 records from over 400 leading art publications from around the world. Includes some costume and apparel research. Subject terms: Costume, Costume--Social aspects, Costume--Political aspects, Gender identity and costume, North American Indian costume. Keyword: costume and [country].

Art Online (updates vary) Online version of the monumental 36-volume print version with encyclopedia-like entries to major periods and themes of the history of art. It includes over 41,000 articles, news, external Web links, a hyperlinked alphabetical index and the Bridgeman Art Library. Bridgeman contains over 100,000 images of works of art. Contains detailed coverage of costume and decorative arts.

ArticleFirst (1990-present) Multidisciplinary database indexing research journals and popular magazines. Some of the 12.7 million citations from the over 12,000 sources may include the full text of the article. Text only, no images. [FirstSearch]

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975- ) Provides citations to academic journal articles in art, history, religion and related subjects. Links are available to find authors who have cited a particular article via a "Cited Reference" search. Search simultaneously with the Social Science Citation Index. Check Sage for holdings. [ISI/Web of Science]

Bibliography of Asian Studies Indexes periodicals, books, and conference proceedings on East, Southeast, and South Asia from 1971 to the present. No full text, no images. Check Sage for holdings. Subject terms: Textile Arts, [country]; use Advanced Search to combine subject terms. Entire record: clothing and dress; group identity. Country browse is a good way to menu down to textile arts for a specific country: Country Browse --> [country] --> Arts à Textile Arts (or Architecture, Ceramics, Folk Arts, etc.) (Afghanistan, Asia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Asia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, ,Indian Ocean, Indochina, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Malaysia/Sabah, Malaysia/Sarawak, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Far East, Singapore, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Soviet Far East, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam.)

Business Source Complete. Varies.
Subject terms: acrylic fibers; brassieres; cashmere; clothing & dress; clothing trade; coats; cotton; culture, dress accessories; dresses; evening gowns; fashion designers; fashion; fibers; fashion merchandising; knit goods; lace & lace making; lingerie; manners & customs and [country] {for social overview}; manners & customs not social overview {to weed out country social overviews}; men’s clothing; neckties; nylon; polyesters; plaid; rayon; retail trade; shirt’s men’s; silk; shorts (clothing); skirts; sleepwear; spandex; spinning; sport clothes; sport clothes industry; sweaters; synthetic; textile design; textile fabrics; textile fibers, textile industry; traditional knowledge; tweed; underwear; wedding costume; women’s clothing; wool fabrics.

Business/Industry. 1994- .
Subject terms: trends. Product code/Industry name: apparel, apparel consumer products, retailing non-food, footwear consumer products, apparel and similar products, work clothing and allied garments. Named corp: specific fashion designers.

Historical Abstracts General history and culture database that indexes major journals, books, conference proceedings and dissertations covering historical studies in all periods outside the U.S. (Asia, Africa, Europe, etc.). Includes some citations to historic costume. No full text, but detailed abstracts are included. And, indexing extends all the way back to 1954. Check library catalog Sage for holdings.

PsycINFO Indexes major publications in psychology and related fields. Excellent for psychology of dress. Partial full text. No images. Subject terms: clothing, fads and fashions. Keyword: clothing and culture.

Social Science Citation Index see Arts and Humanities Citation Index, above

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Reference Books

Reference books are useful for background and terms for costume/dress or on individual tribes, groups or nationalities. Most of the titles on this list are on the shelves in the Reference collection on level one (first floor) of Morgan Library. Check the catalog record to be certain--titles may have been moved.

African Ethnonyms : Index to Art-Producing Peoples of Africa. GN645 .B53 1996 Reference

Countries and Their Cultures. 4 vols. GN 307 .C68 2001 Reference

Craighead’s International Business, Travel, and Relocation Guide to 90 Countries. 2 vols. HG 5549.5 .E45 D57 Information Desk

Culturegrams. GT150 .C84 Information Desk v. 1, The Americas; v. 2, Europe; v. 3, Africa; v. 4, Asia and Oceania.
[-good general information of specific ethnic groups with a paragraph or two on clothing of the specific group].

Cultures and Costumes: Symbols of Their Period. GT 730-GT 1597 (varies) Reference also E 98 .C8 G74 2003 Reference (Native Americans)

Enciclopedia de Bolivia. F 3304 .E52 2000 Reference. In Spanish. Color photographs.

Enciclopedia del Ecuador. F 3709.5 .E63 2001 Reference. In Spanish. Color photographs.

Enciclopedia del Perú. F 3409.5 .E63 2001 Reference. In Spanish. Lavish color photographs.

Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume. E98.C8 P37 1994 Reference South
[-very extensive on costume of Native Americans including regions and specific tribal groups within those regions; includes large number of illustrations].

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. 3 vols. GT 507 .E53 2005 Reference

Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology. 4 vols. GN 307 .E52 1996 Reference South

Encyclopedia of Indians of the Americas. 7 vols. E 54.5 .E52 Reference.

Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. E 76.2 .W35 2006 Reference

Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. GN 307 .E527 1996 Reference

Encyclopedia of World Costume. GT 507 Y37 Reference

Encyclopedia of World Cultures. GN307 .E53 1991 Reference South (Supplement 2002)
[-see Ethnonym Index (vol.10) to discern spelling variations of groups].

Ethnic Groups Worldwide: A Ready Reference Handbook. GN325 .L46 1998 Reference

Ethnic Style: History and Fashion. GT513 .G45 2001 Reference

Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages. 5 vols. GT 511 .P46 2004 Reference

For Appearances Sake: The Historical Encyclopedia of Good Looks, Beauty, and Grooming. GT499 .S49 2001 Reference

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life. 6 vols. GT 31 .G74 2004 Reference

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cultures. 9 vols. GN 307 .J85 1999 Curriculum

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. E76.2 .J63 1999 Reference

Native American Tribes. 4 vols. E 77 .G15 1998 Reference

Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures (Mexico & Central America) 3 vols. F 1218.6 .O95 2001 Reference (See: Dress and Adornment)

Peoples of Africa. 11 vols. GN645 .P33 2001 Reference South

Pictorial Encyclopedia of Fashion. GT513 .K813 Reference

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. 4 vols. GN333 .W67 1998 Reference

Books in the Stacks

  • Remember that a number of people in your class have to use the resources available. Please be kind and photocopy what you need.If you check a book out; try to use it immediately and then return it for others to use.
  • From the Library Home Page-click on "How Do I…" then "Find an Book" or go right to: (See also Searching SAGE on the Web).
  • A number of helpful books can be found in the stacks for every group.
  • Use SAGE and search by keyword.
  • Try terms such as: "clothing" or "adornment" or "costume" or "apparel" or "ornament." You may truncate the terms with the asterisk. For example: costum* will find books on costume, costumes, costuming, etc.
  • It may help to combine these terms with a term for your group: e.g. Navajo or Navaho (Account for variations of your group name--
        • Navajo or Navaho AND (costum* or dress* or adorn* or cloth*) =13 hits
        • Masai or Maasai
  • If you have a subcultural group, you have to tell the computer that--
        • (Goth or Gothic) and subculture
  • Search SAGE by subject:
    • Clothing and Dress (49 related subjects e.g. buttons, headgear, etc.)
    • Clothing and Dress [country, country history, era, care, etc.]
    • Clothing and Dress History
    • Clothing and Dress Social Aspects
    • Clothing trade (23 related subjects e.g. footwear industry)
    • Costume Design
    • Costume Design [country, state, or region]
    • Dress Accessories (5 related subjects: fans, handbags, handkerchiefs, jewelry, and ornamental combs)
    • [Country] Encyclopedias (note: CSU does not have an encyclopedia for every country)
    • Footwear (5 related subjects: boots, shoes, etc.)
    • Men’s Clothing history
    • Textile Fabrics (41 related subjects: brocade, linen, silk, etc.)
    • Textile Fabrics [country, region, etc.]
  • If you don't find anything on the clothing or adornment of the group, try finding general books on the group. Chances are there is something on their customs or style in the text. Consult the index and the table of contents.
  • If the book you want is checked out, go to PROSPECTOR and order the book. This usually takes about 5 business days.

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Sources for images:

  • Articles in PDF or print that have illustrations or pictures. These could be articles that:
      • you've already located.
      • you find for this portion of the assignment.
  • Images from databases that index images. (For example, the database Academic Search Premier contains a few images).
  • Reference books or books from the stacks.
  • **Shelf Reserve books (see link above under Part II). Retrieve items on Shelf Reserve for AM250 under course number or Dr. Eckman's name at the Morgan Library Loan/Reserve Desk with your student ID, the course number and the instructor's name. Books get checked out for a limited period. So, you might want to make copies. Photocopies are $.12 a page in the library (with a copy card).

Style Manuals

Style Guides/Style Manuals/Citation Guides (such as APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian):

Morgan Library maintains a collection of the most recent editions near the Reference Desk. You may use these freely in the Library in creating a bibliography, footnotes, works cited page, etc. But, they may not be checked out of the Library.

Check out the Style Guides maintained by the Library for more information.

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