Research Guide: Costume and Makeup

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Internet Resources

Image Search Engines

Costume & Fashion

Period Costume

Museums, Institutes & Organizations

Pictorial Information

Costume and Makeup Suppliers & Demos

Citing Sources to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of cheating which may lower the grade you receive on your assignment. You must cite the source of any direct quotation and of any facts or ideas you obtained from another source. For more information about how to avoid plagiarism, please watch this brief video from Bainbridge College in YouTube: Plagiarism: How to Avoid It (

For tips on citation format, please see MLA Formatting and Style Guide courtesy of the OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab (

Reference Books for Background Information

Reference books are shelved by Library of Congress call number on the fourth and fifth floors of the Haas Library. They may not be checked out, but free scanners are available for student use on the first floor of the Library (please use your flash drive).

General Reference: Art & Theatre

The Dictionary of Art. 34 volumes.Ref N 31.D5 1996
Facts on File Encyclopedia of Art. 5 volumes.Ref N 31.F33 2005
International Dictionary of Theatre. Vol. 3: Actors, Directors and DesignersRef PN 2035.I49 1992 v.3
Oxford Art Online. Online version of The Dictionary of Art.Articles & Databases: A-Z on WCSU Libraries Homepage
The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art TermsRef N 33.L75 1984

General Costume Reference

20,000 Years of Fashion: The History of Costume and Personal AdornmentRef GT 510.B6713
The Book of Costume. 2 volumes.Ref GT 513.D38
The Chronicle of Western Fashion: From Ancient Times to the Present DayRef GT 511.P42 1991
The Complete History of Costume & Fashion: From Ancient Egypt to the Present Day Ref GT 375.C67 2001
The Costume Book for Parties and PlaysRef GT 515.L4
Costume Design on Broadway: Designers and Their Credits, 1915-1985Ref PN 2067.O94 1987
Costume Through the Ages Ref GT 513.K513 1999
The Dictionary of CostumeRef GT 507.W5 1969
A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and MOdernRef GT 507.P49 1999
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. 3 volumes.Ref GT 507.E53 2005
The Encyclopedia of World Costume Ref GT 507.Y37 1982
The Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. 10 volumes.Ref GT 507.E54 2010
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through World History. 3 volumes.Ref GT 507.G74 2008
The Historical Encyclopedia of CostumesRef GT 510.R3313 1988
Historical Dictionary of the Fashion IndustryRef TT 494.S84 2008
A History of Costume Ref GT 510.K6 1963
History of Costume: From the Ancient Egyptians to the Twentieth CenturyRef GT 510.P35
An Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Costume: From the First Century B.C. to C. 1760Ref GT 510.P48 2003
The Mode in CostumeRef GT 510.W55 1958
One World of FashionRef GT 510.C7
What People Wore: 1,800 Illustrations from Ancient Times to the Early Twentieth CenturyRef GT 513.G6 1994
What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of CostumeRef GT 511.L474 2008

Specialized Costume Reference

Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated EncyclopediaRef GT 2050.L4.L47 2004
Costumes of the Greeks and Romans Ref GT 545.H6 1962
Early American Dress: The Colonial and Revolutionary PeriodsRef GT 605.H64 v.2
Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural HistoryRef TT 957.S46 2006
English Costume from the Seventeenth Through the Nineteenth Centuries Ref GT 733.B7 2000
English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century Ref GT 737.C8 1990
Five Centuries of American Costume Ref GT 605.W5.W55 2004
Kabuki Costume Ref GT 1745.J3.S5
Medieval Costume and Fashion Ref GT 575.M43 1999
Medieval Costume, Armour, and WeaponsRef GT 575.W29313 2000
Men's Fashion: The Complete Sourcebook Ref GT 1710.P43 1996
Peasant Costume in EuropeRef GT 1865.M33
Tudor Costume and Fashion Ref GT 734.N67 1997
Women's Hats, Headdresses and HairstylesRef GT 2100.D42 2006
The World of Roman CostumeRef GT 555.W67 1994

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CONSULS Online Catalog for Books and Media

CONSULS catalog workstations are concentrated on the first floor of the Haas Library, but there are some workstations on each of the other floors. You may logon to CONSULS via the WCSU Libraries Homepage at or directly at

Please Note: CONSULS ignores upper and lower case, and you may omit punctuation, except the hyphen which must be replaced by a space.


Select Author at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the writer's name last-name-first. Correct spelling is important.

Example: landis deborah n (press ENTER or RETURN)
Or just: landis deb (ENTER)

To limit search results to items owned by WCSU, click on Limit/Sort and then select WCSU under "WHERE Item is Located."


Select Subject at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the writer's name last-name-first. Correct spelling is important. To limit results to items owned by WCSU, use the Limit/Sort option.

Example: head edith (press ENTER)
Or just: head ed (ENTER)


Select Title at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type as much of the title as you remember in correct word order. In CONSULS, you may omit "a," "an," or "the" at the beginning of a title.

Example: Costume in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (press ENTER)
Example: costume in the drama of shak (ENTER)

If your TITLE search does not retrieve an entry for a separately published edition of the work, select Words in the toolbar to re-execute the search as a keywords search, then scan the CONTENTS field of each entry for the title of the work you need.


Select Subject at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the Library of Congress subject heading which best describes your topic. Correct spelling and word order are important. The complete list of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is published in a set of big red books available in the Reference Area on the first floor of the Haas Library.

Example: Costume design--History--16th century (press ENTER)
Or just: costume design history (ENTER)
Or just: costume design (ENTER)

Related headings:

Costume (subdivided geographically)
Costume--History (subdivided by period)
Costume--Pictorial works
Costume designers

Fashion (subdivided geographically)
Fashion design
Fashion designers
Fashion--History (subdivided by period)
Fashion--Pictorial works

Children's clothing
Clothing and dress
Dress accessories
Ethnic costume
Film makeup
Men's clothing
Theatrical makeup
Women's clothing


Select Keyword(s) at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the words which best describe your topic, in any order.

Example: (theat* or stage) and (costume* or apparel or clothing or clothes) press ENTER
Narrower: (shakespeare* or elizabethan) and (costume* or apparel or clothing or clothes) ENTER
Narrower: (shakespeare* or elizabethan) and (costume* or apparel or clothing) and (women or female*) ENTER

Use the * (asterisk) as a truncation symbol to retrieve variant forms of a word root. Use the Boolean OR to expand your search by including synonyms and related terms. When using two different Boolean commands in the same search statement ("and" and "or" in the preceding examples) you must include parentheses to indicate which command is to be performed first.


If the item you need is owned by one of the other CSU Libraries (CCSU, SCSU, or ECSU) but not by WCSU, or if WCSU's copy is checked out, you may order the item electronically via Inter-Campus Loan by clicking on Request at the full record display in CONSULS. Then type your University network username and password. Be sure to specify a pickup location (Haas or Young Library) before initiating your request.

There is a limit of ten (10) Inter-Campus Loan requests per person. Videos are available via Inter-Campus Loan. Please allow 3-4 working days for delivery to the Haas Circulation Desk. Items borrowed via Inter-Campus Loan may be renewed for an additional borrowing period if no one has placed a HOLD on the item.

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Online Databases

ARTSTOR Digital Library
Coverage: 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a suite of software tools for teaching and research.
Location: Under Article & Databases: A-Z on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Keywords search retrieves documented images of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, decorative art, architecture, and more. Also browsable by geographic area, classification, and featured group.
Bridgeman Art Library
Coverage: 360,000 high-quality images from galleries, museums, and private collections worldwide.
Location: Under Article & Databases: A-Z on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Keyword searching retrieves images of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, decorative art, and more.
Google Images
Coverage: Images embedded in Websites worldwide.
Location: Online at
Scope: All subjects, keywords searchable.
Films on Demand - Films Media Group
Coverage: High-quality streaming video and multimedia content for academic, vocational, and life-skills users.
Location: Select Films on Demand under Articles & Databases: A-Z at the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Educational videos released by the Film Media Group under the brand names Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Academic Search Premier in EBSCOhost
Coverage: 1990 - present (earlier for many publications)
Location: Under Articles & Databases: Most Popular at the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Indexes approximately 8,000 newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals in most fields, including language and literature, with 4,000 available in full-text.
Coverage: Issue number one to within 5-6 years of present
Location: Under Articles & Databases: Most Popular on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Full-text of over 500 core scholarly journals in more than 25 disciplines, including language and literature (complete backfiles). Also includes books.

Locating Periodicals in the Haas Library

To find out if WCSU subscribes to a specific periodical in print or online:

1. Select Journal Title at the CONSULS main menu, then type the name of the periodical (example: costume) and press ENTER. If a title list appears on the screen, select the desired title, then look inside the box to find WCSU holdings. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see if WCSU owns backfiles on microfilm or microfiche.

2. To find out if a given periodical is available in full-text in one or more of WCSU's online databases, use the Journal Finder available under Articles & Databases on the WCSU Libraries Homepage (

How to Use Interlibrary Loan

If the CSU Libraries do not own the book you need, or if WCSU does not subscribe to the periodical you need, you may request delivery of the item via Interlibrary Loan using the online ILLiad system available at:

There is a limit of 5 Interlibrary Loan requests per person per day. Videos are not available via Interlibrary Loan. Under most circumstances, Interlibrary Loan is a free service, but please allow at least ten working days for delivery. You will be notified as soon as the material arrives. Faster document delivery service is available for a reasonable fee. Please call the Interlibrary Loan Desk at (203) 837-9114 for more information.

Do You Have a Question?

Reference service is avilable on request at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Haas Library, or you may contact Joan Reitz, Instruction Librarian, at 837-8308 or My office is located in Room 402 on the fourth floor of the Haas Library (near the glass elevator).

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Please send your comments to Joan Reitz, Haas Instruction Librarian, Western Connecticut State University
Last updated on September 17, 2015