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Art - Historic Costume: North America and Western Europe

Databases

Searching OBIS

OBIS -- Start your search in OBIS. The concepts below transfer to all the other databases on this tab.  
Each database on this tab has their own, unique, set of subject headings and can be searched by subject or keyword. 

Subject headings are created by librarians to organize and increase the relevance of search results, as illustrated by these two examples:  Women's clothing       Men's clothing

Browse subjects  for relevant material (the highlighted subjects below link to OBIS searches)

Specific items Specific items Broad concepts
Shawls Jewelry 19th century  [or 18th century, 17th century, etc.]
Buttons Dressmaking History
Fans Dress accessories Pattern design
Footwear Mililnery Clothing and dress
Uniforms Handkerchiefs Costume
Underwear Wigs Pictorial works

 

Keyword searches work best when combining broad concepts (like those listed above):

(clothing or costume) and 18th century

 More about keyword searching

Journals

    Dress: The journal of the Costume Society of America
    Art Library, GT605.D74