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Costuming for the Stage: THEA 383

A guide to research for costume design.

Ways to approach periodicals

What are periodicals?

A publication that is published more than once, like a newspaper, magazine or journal. They come out "periodically," therefore, periodicals. Sometimes, less commonly,  they are referred to as serials (because they are published in a series. get it?)

Periodicals in print

Sometimes the best way to get inspiration is to browse through old print magazines on the shelves in the library. Magazines such as Time, Life and National Geographic provide image-heavy documentation of daily life and newsworthy events from various time periods and cultures. Current and contemporary art and design magazines can help provide inspiration as well.

Where can you find print magazines and journals?

The current issues of our print periodicals are available on the 4th floor of the Cooperman Library. The "back issues" or older issues of magazines and journals are on floor B2 of Cooperman in the compact shelving area. There are scanners on both 4 and B2 for you to use for free since magazines and journals cannot be checked out.

Periodicals online

We have several art databases that include a number of art and design related periodicals. Additionally, two large general databases we have, Academic Search Complete and Academic OneFile, contain periodicals such as Fashion Theory (a scholarly journal of the study of fashion, and an excellent read) and Afterimage (a photography journal)

Where can you find these online publications?

Our online periodicals live in large, searchable collections called databases. You can find a list of all the databases we currently subscribe to under the 'Find' menu on the library home page under the Databases link.