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Fashion Design and Merchandising Databases

Use these databases to find journal articles and other research materials in Fashion Design and merchandising.

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Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 3,430 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This information can be useful for those studying many aspects of the fashion industry. This database is updated daily.

Art Full Text [1984-] (Ebsco interface) (1984 - Current)
This offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications, now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. Full text coverage for selected periodicals is also included. Reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals is also included. Also includes access to Art Index Retrospective.

ArticleFirst (OCLC) (1990 - Current)
Contains citations to journal articles covering the humanities, popular culture, science, technology, business and the social sciences. Updated daily. May be used to find information about the fashion industry.

ARTstor
ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Researchers may search for thousands of historical and fine-arts related fashion images.

Business Source Complete
Provides more than 3,700 full text scholarly publications covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business. The database also includes country economic reports and detailed company profiles for the world's 10,000 largest companies. This database is updated on a daily basis. This is a good source for information about companies involved in international fashion.

Doneger
KSU subscribers have access to Doneger's Design Workshop (womenswear and menswear seasonal forecasts) and Color Workshop (color season forecasts). Subscribers should go directly to the company's website and provide the appropriate Username and Password to successfully access this site.

Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion
Provides access to thousands of images and full-text articles from the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion through the online Berg Fashion Library.

Factiva
Factiva is a good source for international business and company news. It includes full text news reports from more than 10,000 sources from 159 countries and available in 22 languages.

A full-text archive of published articles from 300 magazines and journals that cover various topics, such as business, health, technology, entertainment, sports, and more. A useful source of information about fashion trends and styles.

IBIS World
Provides detailed information about industries. Offers lengthy research reports on industry markets, brief reports on business environments, and company profiles.

International Directory of Company Histories
Gives information on the development of the world's 4,550 largest companies. Entries provide information on founders, expansions and losses, labor/management actions, NAICS codes, key dates, ticker symbol, principal subsidiaries, and competitors and other significant milestones.

LexisNexis Academic
Contains the full-text of newspapers for the past 20 years, federal and state case law and legislative materials, company news and financial information, general information sources and much more. Good source of information about companies associated with the business of fashion.

LexisNexis Country Profiles
Provides access to full text of reports and news about hundreds of countries, including the business and economic situation of a country, analysis of specific industries within a country, export market reports, potential political, financial and economic risks to business investments and trade, and news about a country. Includes global business content on 190 countries, their industries, and consumer trends.

Mintel Market Research Reports (2001 - Current)
Provides research reports covering European, UK-specific, and US consumer markets. The reports analyze market drivers, sizes and trends, market segmentation, along with consumer attitudes and purchasing habits. The reports are supplemented by brief digests of relevant recent events, UK and US demographic and economic statistics and useful lists. Requires Kent.edu e-mail address to create an account.

Textile Technology Complete (Available at Kent Campus Only) (1950 - Current)
Textile Technology Complete is a scholarly and professional database covering scientific and technological aspects of textile production and processing. Containing over 400 periodical titles, it also draws on current technical reports, books, and trade literature. Also includes resources about apparel, home furnishings, and polymer industries.

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AccessScience
An online encyclopedia that provides full-text access to articles, research updates, and dictionary terms in all areas of science and technology. Also contains biographies, weekly updates on hot topics and discoveries, a student center with resource guides, and links to related sites. Updated daily. This resource is available for the Kent, Salem, and Tuscarawas campuses only.
An online encyclopedia that provides full-text access to articles, research updates, and dictionary terms in all areas of science and technology. Updated daily. Useful for information about textiles.

American National Biography Online
Covers more than 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. Includes illustrations and links to select web sites. Also includes articles from The Oxford Companion to United States History, which gives context to the lives included in ANB Online. All articles originally included in the ANB Online were on biographical subjects who died before the end of 1995. Articles on important figures who have died since 1995 are being added in quarterly updates, but coverage of people in this category is not yet complete.

American Periodicals Series Online (1741 - 1900)
American Periodicals Series Online contains page images of more than 1,100 historic American magazines, journals, and newspapers. These resources illuminate the development of American culture, politics, and society across some 150 years. Articles can be searched by author, source, and words in the complete text. Updated quarterly.

AP Images
Contains approximately 500,000 photos and selections of pictures from the AP image and print negative library. Pictures cover local, state, national and international subjects. (Formerly AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive.)
Contains approximately 500,000 photos and selections of pictures from the AP image and print negative library. Pictures cover local, state, national and international subjects. Good source for pictures relating to fashion news.

Biography Reference Bank
Biography Reference Bank provides biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images.

More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

HarpWeek (1857 - 1871)
Full-text archive of Harper's Weekly, a national publication during the American Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Contains illustrations, articles, advertisements, and editorials. Search by date, keyword, literature genre, and individuals' standing in society or occupation.

JSTOR
JSTOR is an electronic archive of complete journal backruns, current to within 2 to 5 years. The collections include: Arts & Sciences I-VIII, Business Collection I-III, Ecology & Botany, General Science, and Language and Literature. For Kent State University, students and faculty now have access to 381 JSTOR journals representing over 2 million articles.

New York Times - Historical (1851 - 2006)
Search for New York Times articles published from 1851 up to two years ago. Includes the complete paper with full-page and article images in PDF format. NOTE: if you are looking for current New York Times content, please consult either LexisNexis Academic or the New York Times online.

Newspaper Source
Provides selected full text for over 180 regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns and other sources as well as indexing and abstracts for national newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, FOX News, NPR, etc. This database is updated daily.
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Provides selected full text for over 180 regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns as well as indexing and abstracts for national newspapers. Full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, FOX News, NPR, etc. This database is updated daily. Useful for finding fashion trend information from general news sources.

SocINDEX
SocINDEX features more than 1,986,000 records with subject headings from a 19,600+ term sociological thesaurus sociology-specific thesaurus. Abstracts are included for more than 1,130 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895. In addition, there is coverage for more than 430 "priority" coverage journals as well as over 2,800 "selective" coverage journals. Indexing for books, monographs, conference papers, and other sources is included, and cited references are also provided. All subdisciplines of sociology are covered.

Standard & Poor's Netadvantage
An online source of comprehensive business and investment information for librarians, universities and other institutional professionals.

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