Welcome to the Fashion and Textiles Institute library page!
From here you can explore the key resources in each of the main fields of study. You'll also find research tips, as well as how to contact me, Rachel Browning, your Academic Liaison Librarian, if you need further help.
Don't be limited to the subject guides that relate directly to your course - your research could take you anywhere..
Meet your Librarian
I'm Rachel Browning, your Academic Liaison Librarian. I'm here to help you with research, whether that's for your projects or your written assignments. Although research is exciting it can also feel tricky at times -so do get in touch or book an appointment for help. I look forward to hearing from you!
Improve your search skills
Hints and tips to help you to find what you need.
Picking the right keywords is an important part of the research process and affects your search results.
You will want the keywords to represent the main concepts in the topic you are exploring. They are generally speaking, single words or short phrases.
Try to think about the ‘story behind’ the current topic and expand your thinking outwards.
Harry Styles fashion ‘look’ of sheer shirts and a pearl necklace might lead you to research areas such as "gendered fashion" and "masculine identity".
You will find academic articles and books on these topics, but they probably will not mention Harry Styles. That’s OK, you are making connections to previous thinking on your topic and bringing it up to date with your own Harry Styles example!
Bloomsbury Fashion Central contains a mixture of fashion encyclopaedia and eBooks, plus a Fashion Photography Archive.
The content is good quality academic information, which is particularly good for your cultural theory work!
A good starting point is the Browse > Themes function if you are still deciding which topic you want to research.
Remember don’t rely just on this source! Library Search will also be a useful search tool.
Trends and statistics can provide useful background information on everything from products to countries, and on topics as consumerism and the environmenal impacts of the fashion industry.
Films and TV programmes can also be a great source for your work, especially for Costume Design students.
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is a great resource and allows streaming of broadcast TV and radio –however, be aware you can only access it in the UK due to the licensing regulations.
The Penryn Library also has a large collection of DVDs which can be borrowed or viewed in the Library using our in-house DVD players.
And remember, you are not in this alone – if you need help or have queries at any time just drop a line to me, your librarian!
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