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The electronic version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. An excellent starting point for almost any topic of research, the Britannica offers both concise descriptions, and longer, more comprehensive articles on a wide variety of topics.
Clothing Reference Books
Fairchild's Dictionary of Fashion
Call Number: Hatfield Reference GT507 .C34 1988
Publication Date: 1988
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
Call Number: Hatfield Reference GT507 .E53 2005
Publication Date: 2004
Survey of Historic Costume
Call Number: Hatfield Reference GT580 .T67 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Encyclopedia of Textiles
Call Number: Hatfield Reference TS1309 .J47
Publication Date: 1992
Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia
Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable. College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source.
Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.
Below are key reference books 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.