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DHM 3213 Heritage of Dress: General Hints on Finding books

The Library has many resources about the history of clothing or dress. This guide will help you find them.

Using the Catalog

How to use BOSS to find books (etc.) 

Use a Call Number to Find a Book

How to Read a Call Number

Online books can be accessed through the catalog, by choosing "View It".

Books in the OSU Library are arranged, generally, in the following areas:

Basement--the sciences, medicine, engineering, Some "care of home and children" is in the 640s.  Textile industry is in the 670s (some in the 620s).  Also oversize books (QUARTOs)

Third floor--General works, philosophy and psychology, religion, and social sciences:  sociology, political science

Fourth floor--Economics, law, public administration, education, folklore (including customs and costume, 390s); language, business (650s), art (including textiles and other arts, 740s); music; literature, geography and history.

Fifth  Floor--Government documents (you may find publications from museums like the Smithsonian here).

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Finding Books on Heritage of Costume

Suggested BOSS Search:

  1. Log in and choose Advanced Search
  2. Use the Subject focus and choose Clothing and dress
  3. Use the Date slider (left navigation bar) to select books published between 2 dates, OR use a century, i.e. 18th century.

Online Books: 

The Library has access to several collections of digitized, early books from England and America.   This is the URL to Dr. David Oberhelman's LibGuide on Historical E-Books.

We are also partners in the Hathi Trust, which digitizes many books in the public domain (copyright has expired).  The record will include a statement, "Hathi Trust public domain book".