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THTR 212: Costume History: Reference Materials

Reference Resources

Listed on this page are key reference resources that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.

Online Encyclopedias and More

Grove Dictionary of Art

Searching Tips for the Grove Dictionary of Art

  • Try a search using the term Dress
  • Click on a subcategory that interests you.
  • See if there is a book or article in the Bibliography that would be useful to you.
  • Look in the library catalog for those books from the Bibliography.
  • (Ask a librarian to help you find an article from the Bibliography)
  • Click on the Links section for that article.
  • Follow the links to different museums, and check out their online exhibits.
  • Write down the terms you find to describe different periods, styles, articles of clothing, etc., throughout your whole searching process.

Print Reference Books

Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian

Photography Reference Books