Answered By: Rebecca Sedam
Last Updated: Mar 24, 2020     Views: 34

The Oakton Library has materials related to fashion both online and on campus.  Let's start with a catalog search.  This search will find print books.

Keyword searches for the online catalog:

  • 1940s and fashion
  • 1940s and clothing
  • 1940s and dress

Switch to Subject search when using the following headings:

  • Clothing and dress – History
  • Women's clothing - History
  • Men's clothing - History.
  • Fashion - History
  • Clothing and dress - History

These seaches will retrieve several promising resources.  Be especially sure to take a look at the catalog record for "The Way We Wore: Styles of the 1930s and '40s and Our World Since Then" to determine whether the book is currently available.

Some students find good information on this topic by looking at a book that examines the whole era, not just a specific topic (such as clothing).  For example, to locate your topic, take a look at the table of contents or index for the book "The 1940s."

Your next step is to take a look at Bloomsbury Fashion Central, one of the many online databases available through the library.  For your topic, the best search strategy is the browse feature. After selecting browse, you can select period.  See the screen shot below:

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