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Fashion: Researching fashion & trend forecasting

Information about Library and Internet resources for fashion students.

fashion theory

Subject Headings

Use subject headings from the Library catalogue to find information on different aspects of fashion.

You can search for companies, or try these key terms clothing industry, fashion merchandising, marketing, internet marketing, digital marketing, consumer behavior, 20th century fashion, designers

Referencing your work

Most assignments require you to list the resources you have used for researching a topic and every item used, regardless of format, must be acknowledged. 

Referencing libguide from the library

https://libguides.bhtafe.edu.au/harvard

This includes referencing from social media, images etc

 

Referencing libguide from Melbourne University  library

https://library.unimelb.edu.au/recite

 

Researching fashion at the State Library of VIc

A guide to researching Australian and international fashion, designs, designers, industries, textiles and fabrics, patterns, tailoring, dressmaking, uniforms, accessories, and body art using the resources of the State Library of Victoria

guides.slv.vic.gov.au/fashion/research

Discovery catalogue and database search tips

Basic search: author/title/keyword
The catalogue searches for books on our shelves, eBooks, and some databases for articles related to your search terms.
Most recently published appears first.
You can narrow your search by using the options on the left hand side – limit to full text, catalogue only, publication date, geographical region


Advanced search:  narrow your search 

This allows you to select more search options –search for a particular journal, subject terms

Some tips:
Use a fashion dictionary or history of fashion book to assist you find search terms. 


Use quotation marks to search for a phrase, or words which appear together. Eg. "MET GALA"
Use ? to match a single character. Eg  globali?ation will match  globalisation and  globalization
Use # to match one or no character. Eg colo#r will match color and colour
Use * to match different word endings.  Eg Textile* will match textile and textiles, blog* will find blog, blogs, bloggers and blogging


To locate resources on designers search by name: Christian Dior    Alexander McQueen    Coco Chanel


Use AND/OR/NOT
Eg  Textile* AND innovation, fashion AND history, fashion AND stylists
Add keywords such as 70s OR 1970s, 18th, 19th, .or country or region such as Europe, Australia
Fashion AND Australia       fashion AND (1970s OR 70s OR seventies)
“Supply chain” OR “business logistics” AND fashion


Look at your results to find subject terms. Eg Fashion writing, advertising –fashion, fashion communication, visual communication

Trend forecasting & industry information

Some sites that provide trend reports and industry information.

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