Reference Books for Fashion

Reference books include works such as specialized encyclopedias, atlases, and dictionaries.

They are excellent places to start your research. You can:

  •  Gather background information and gain a general overview on your topic
  • Develop a list of keywords for online searching

  Library Catalog

 How to Find: Click on FIND BOOKS on the Library Homepage.

 How to Search: Use the “Quick Limits” tab to the right of the search box and select "Reference".


Suggested KEYWORD search terms to start your research

  • costume
  • fashion

 Important Note: Print Reference books (1st floor) cannot be checked out of the library.  



Ref GT2130.C4 1997  A Century of Shoes: Icons of Style in the 20th Century / Angela Pattison, Nigel Cawthorne.

 Ref GT513.C58         Fashion, from ancient Egypt to the present day / edited by James Laver. 

 Subscription Database

 The Gale Virtual Reference Library offers electronic access to a comprehensive collection of reference materials including articles from specialized encyclopedias. 


How to Find: From the Library Home Page select Find Articles and scroll down to the Gale Virtual Reference Library   or use these links!

 How To Access

  • On Campus--there is direct access through FC computers.
  • Off Campus--there is remote access by logging in with the username and password available at the Reference Desk or Ask a Librarian if you are a currently enrolled student.

 How to Search: You can combine search terms by using the Advanced Search option.  Read up on Searching Databases


 You will most likely want to start your search by using Keywords.  You use the drop-downs to select Keyword--see the example above.


 [electronic resource]          "The 1960s: Fashion: Overview." American Decades/Vincent Tompkins. 

  [electronic resource]         "Afrocentric Fashion." Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion/Valerie Steele.