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COLA 100, Fashion and Material Culture (Clemente): Fashion and History

Resources for Professor Deirdre Clemente's COLA 100 sections

Finding Books at UNLV

Search for books at UNLV Libraries and beyond using Quick Search.

As of December 2018, the library catalog has been replaced by Quick Search powered by Primo, which searches for books and e-books, journal articles, videos, newspaper articles and more in UNLV's databases and collections. More about Quick Search

The default search results will include books, online journal articles, newspaper articles, streaming video and more. Filters on the results page let you select materials by format, subject, date, or language, or you can opt to see only articles from peer-reviewed journals.

Log in with your ACE account to see results from more databases, to save and organize your items and searches, and to access your library account. 

To limit your search to books and other items located in UNLV's Lied Library, use the Advanced Search form and change the Search Scope at the top from Everything to Lied Library. 

Web search ideas

Web Video

YouTube is a gold mine for searching film footage. You might try searching for a year and a broad term like "men's fashion". Aim for primary sources like footage from newsreels or films - but remember that sources created for entertaining audiences can't always be taken at face value. 


Costume history

Textile dictionaries

Conservation information


Primary sources: Articles, ads and images from the same time period as your object

ARTstor and Vogue are good places to find visual sources.

Note that off-campus use of ARTstor requires you to first sign up for an account while you are on campus. 

Secondary sources: journal articles from all academic disciplines


Secondary sources: articles by art historians and design professionals


Online Photo Sources

Example books analyzing objects

Subject Guide

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Priscilla Finley
Lied Library LLB1187
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Library catalog subject headings

Use these links to browse books in UNLV Libraries arranged by subject. Books may contain images that are primary sources or analysis by contemporary scholars that would be considered a secondary source.

Fashion & costume books

Theory and method

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