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Rhode Island School of Design

Textiles Subject Guide

Getting Started

Getting started

Formulate your questions: are you interested in background information (culture, history, technique), scholarly discussion of a topic, information about materials, technical guidance? Where do you think this information might be published -- books, journals, magazines, newspapers?

This guide highlights resources in the library that might be useful as you work on this project. If you are having any trouble finding what you need, please get in touch with us.

Quick Links

Where to search: quick links to library resources

Search Tips

Search tips

Brainstorm variations on your keywords: nomads, nomadism, nomadic. Rather than enter separate searches for each variation, use the “wildcard” symbol * to find results for all of them at once:

nomad* (keyword search in the catalog)

Subject headings are a powerful tool to use when searching the library's catalog or databases. Rather than finding items that include your search term anywhere, a subject search will find materials specifically cataloged under that subject. Subject terms are linked and can be used like tags to sift through results (e.g. in Fleet SEARCH) or browse the catalog:

nomad* (subject search in the catalog)

Browsing Guide

Where to look in the stacks

Call number ranges (see the library map)

NK8800-9505.5 (Textiles)

TT490-695 (Clothing manufacture, apparel design)

TT819-820 (Knitting)

Research Help

Guided Research: meeting with a RISD Art Librarian

Librarians are available to help students research a topic. Make an appointment at the RISD Library Research Help Desk or by emailing a librarian directly. We're available to meet with individuals or groups. This meeting will help you clarify your ideas, provide ways to approach your topic, and identify key terms, print and online resources, and search strategies to help get you started and save time.

A meeting with a librarian usually lasts 15-30 minutes depending on the scope of the topic. You are always welcome to make follow-up appointments.