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Costume and Dress: How to Find Books

Costume skills courses include costume construction and fitting, fabric painting and fabric dyeing.

Find Books @ CMU

The catalog searches for materials owned by the Tomlinson Library. You can do a title search for a specific book, ebook, media, etc., or a keyword search if you are looking for items on a particular topic. Or try a subject search based upon subjects you have already discovered in your searching.



You can also manage your library account including renewals and checking on holds you have placed from "My Library Account" at the Library Home Page.

Using Subject Headings in the Catalog

To find books on relevant topics, search either the Tomlinson Library catalog or Prospector more in-depth by using LC Subject Headings. Pay attention to the subject headings used for books you've already identified in order to find other works on the same subject and also identify subject search terms.

Try some of the following subject headings:

   Clothing and Dress

You can also add other words such as "history", or a country such as "United States"

   Costume and History
   Fashion and United States

(Book image by Horia Varlan/Flickr Creative Commons)

Common Shelf Locations for Costume Books by Call Number

Costume and Fashion
   GT 500-2370

Theatrical Costume and Costume Design
   PN 2067

Dressmaking and Tailoring
   TT 500-600

   CT Biography
   D Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia
   E Americas and United States
   F US by State

   NB Sculpture
   NC Drawing, design, illustration
   ND Painting

Photography Books


If you find the Tomlinson Library does not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, a combined library catalog of large libraries in Colorado and Wyoming.

CMU students, staff and faculty can request materials through Prospector, and the items will generally be delivered to Tomlinson Library within a few business days.

See ILL for more information.



Interlibrary Loan

If you are aware of an item you need that we don't have, you can request it though interlibrary loan.  Try Prospector first, and if you don't find what you need, then request the item though interlibrary loan.  This following link will take you to more inforamation.