THRE 3342 (Anne Medlock): Costume Design

Purpose: To help you, mainly, to find good sources of images useful for designing the costumes for your show. Secondly, to help you research other aspects of the play if necessary.


Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books throughout the library, as well as e-books, government documents, videos, and journal titles. Tips for searching:
  • Start with a keyword search for your topic. The fewer terms you require a catalog record to have, the more results you'll get. Remember also that the catalog only recognizes a phrase rather than two unconnected words if you use the drop-down menu to tell it to.
  • Use the subject phrase "pictorial works" to find books that are principally photos and images. The keyword phrase "chiefly illus." may also prove useful.
  • For more books with images, you can add to your topic keywords the abbreviation illus, for books added to the catalog before 1980 or ill, for books added since 1980. Such abbreviations are found on the Details field of the catalog record of books that have illustrations and will limit your results to only those books.
  • Don't hesitate to browse the Loan shelves in a given subject area, but do use the catalog to get an idea of the relevant range of the shelves.
  • Online catalog of books at libraries throughout the U.S and around the world.
  • Indicates clearly which books Cornette Library has.
  • Use all the same tactics as with our catalog and find many more good results. Especially helpful to find books that are principally photos and images may be the subject phrase "pictorial works".
  • Request books not in Cornette Library with embedded link for Interlibrary Loan. Allow up to three weeks for the books to arrive.
*Helpful Searching Tip*
Consider sometimes truncating terms with the applicable symbol. For instance, photo? in our catalog will find records with "photos," "photographs," "photography" and "photographic." In WorldCat, the same search would use photo*.
Suggested series: Graphis Photography Annual
Collections of notable photographs going back more than twenty-five years.
Fashion, portraits, nudes, advertising, interiors, dance, architecture, landscapes, journalism, and more.
TR 690 A1 P48 on the Loan Shelves


Magazines and Journals

Print Images from Magazines

Old popular magazines with lots of photos in them can be an excellent source of the images you need.

Journal Articles indexed in Databases

Back volumes for 375+ journals providing complete coverage of journals from first issues, but not the most current 2-5 years. Strong coverage of the arts and humanities. After searching by keywords, you can limit your results to only those articles that included images.
Academic Search Complete
Covers extensively a broad variety of topics. Many, though, not all of the articles listed have full text included in this database. For this, you can restrict your results to articles with images included by checking the appropriate boxes for "Image Quick View Types" under "Limit your results" at the bottom of the Search Options.
MLA International Bibliography
Contains more than 1.8 million citations about language, literature, linguistics, and folklore. Includes criticism and analysis of plays. Source types include journals, books, dissertations, bibliographies and conference proceedings.
Other topics and databases?
Follow the links from the Subject Guides page.

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Online Image Searching

Records of digital resources from open-archive collections worldwide. 23 million+ records about digital resources from over 1,100 contributors. While the "Document Type" limiter unfortunately doesn't work (as of Dec 8, 2011), if you include
among your keywords, you should pretty much limit your results to photographs and photographic prints.
The New York Times (1851 - 2006)
Images of all material published in this important U.S. newspaper. Click on "More Search Options" and choose "Photo standalone" from "Document type."
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
About 1.2 million digital images from the Library of Congress's pictorial holdings, nicely searchable.
VADS, the Visual Arts Data Service
Based at the Farnham Campus of the University College for the Creative Arts in Great Britain, this site offers over freely available 100,000 images in many specific organized and searchable collections.
The Flickr Commons
The popular photo sharing site Flickr has a pool of images limited strictly to the digitized photos from the collections several major museums, archives, and libraries.
Important Limiters for searching Google Images
You can limit your results in Google to pages from specific sites or kinds of sites by including along with your search terms text such as or, for all colleges and universities but only colleges and universities, This way, even if you're searching Google Images instead of OAIster, you're more likely to get archival content from universities.
The Costume Institute from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Searchable images of thousands of costumes from The Met's collection.


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