Family & Consumer Sciences


Academic Search Premier
An interdisciplinary database that provides full text articles.

Art Full Text
This database offers indexing for 500+ journals (from 1984-) and full text to nearly 200 journals, plus abstracts (starting in 1994), of an international array of peer-selected publications—including expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism.  In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.  Areas covered include Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, Video. 

Culinary Arts Collection
This database is comprised of more than 250 major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as many reference titles. It provides researchers with recipes, restaurant reviews, industry information and practical instruction.

Encyclopedia of Associations
A comprehensive directory of non profit membership organizations providing contact information and descriptions of professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, cultural and religious organizations, fan clubs, and other groups.

Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture Collection
A collection of more than 80 journals focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture, with the addition of over 20 subject specific reference sources.

Home Improvement Collection
This collection of more than 180 home-improvement focused titles covers such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

The Arts & Sciences III Collection includes journals in language and literature, as well as important titles in the fields of music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art.  JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated.

MasterFILE Premier
This multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975.

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection
Access the content of more than 100 Oxford reference books online with a single search. Includes the Oxford art and architecture dictionaries and a timeline, as well as food and drink dictionaries.

Web resources

The Costumer's Manifesto
Look for the link to "history sorted by period"-- a massive collection of links.


Fashion Era
This site covers the last two centuries of fashion.


Home Economics Archive
This site has on-line full-text books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines, published from 1850 to 1950.

InformeDesign transforms research into an easy-to-read, easy-to-use format for architects, graphic designers, housing specialists, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners, and the public.


Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Costume Institute
The Met put a fraction of its costume collection online, mostly from the twentieth century.


Sense & Sensibility Patterns
This is a commercial website that includes images of costumes from 1795-1959.


La Couturiere Parisienne
This site is all about period costume, from the Middle Ages up to the early 20th century. Access over 3700 costume pictures through a database, read one of hundreds of articles, or download some authentic period patterns.



Finding books

By subject search

Below are some links to various subject searches in the catalog. The subject search is a specific and helpful way to find materials about your area of interest. Explore these or try some of your own subject searches using the "Subject" tab in Primo. For more information on "power searching" by subject, ask your reference librarian.

By call number

If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

Subclass GT  
GT500 2370 Costume. Dress. Fashion
Subclass NK  
NK1-(9990) Decorative arts
NK1-570 General
NK600-806 History
NK1135-1149.5 Arts and crafts movement
NK1160-1590 Decoration and ornament. Design
NK1160-1174 General
NK 1175-(1498) History
NK1505-1535 General works
NK1548-1590 Special subjects for design
NK1648-1678 Religious art
NK1700-2195 Interior decoration. House decoration
NK1700-2138 General. History, etc.
NK2140-2180 Decorative painting
NK2190-2192 Church decoration
NK2200-2750 Furniture
NK2775-2898 Rugs and carpets
NK2975-3049 Tapestries
NK3175-3296.3 Upholstery. Drapery
NK3375-3496.3 Wallpapers
NK 3600-(9990) Other arts and art industries
NK3700-4695 Ceramics
NK4700-4890 Costume
NK5100-5440 Glass
NK5500-6060 Glyptic arts
NK6400-8459 Metalwork
NK8800-9505.5 Textiles
NK9600-9955 Woodwork
Subclass TT  
TT387-410 Soft home furnishings
TT490-695 Clothing manufacture. Dressmaking. Tailoring
TT697-927 Home arts. Homecrafts
TT950-979 Hairdressing. Beauty culture. Barbers' work
TT980-999 Laundry work
Subclass TX  
TX1-1110 Home economics
TX301-339 The house
TX341-641 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
TX642-840 Cookery
TX851-885 Dining-room service
TX901-946.5 Hospitality industry. Hotels, clubs, restaurants, etc. Food service.
TX950-953 Taverns, barrooms, saloons
TX955-985 Building operation and housekeeping
TX1100-1105 Mobile home living