Textiles and Design

  • Use the Information Skills Process (ISP) on the Research page to guide you.
  • Browse the non-fiction shelves:
  • 4 – Fashion industry; 646 – Sewing; 391s– Costume, Personal appearance; 677 – Textiles; 741.6s – Illustration; 745.5s – Decorative arts/Handicrafts; 746s – Textile arts; 940-990s – History, culture of specific countries.
  • For audio visual resources, search ClickView by subject heading or title. ClickView can be accessed when you are at home. Restrictions apply based on age/rating.

Oliver Catalogue

  • Search the CTHS Library Oliver catalogue using subject terms such as costume, design, dress and dressmaking, embroidery, fabrics, fashion, textiles.
  • Search Series: Issues in Society, Current social issues (some searchable contents pages).
  • Expand your search to Trove by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Trove.
  • Expand your search to Hornsby Library resources by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Hornsby Shire Library. If you are a member of Hornsby Library you can borrow their items.
  • Expand your search to Macquarie University library resources by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Macquarie University Library. You can access their hard copy resources onsite but will be unable to borrow.


Newspapers have many useful articles on current developments in all spheres of fashion, textile, new fabrics, industry and sustainability. Search/browse using subject headings.

  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Age
  • Australian Financial Review


  • Search World Book Online Advanced or Timelines. This is a reliable starting point for research if you don’t know much about the topic.


Internet Resources

Search term examples: smart textiles, techno-textiles, eTextiles, future textiles, supply chain, sustainable fashion, Fair Trade; add additional descriptors such as social problems, issues, pollution, sustainability, environmental impact or other terms depending on your topic.

General resources


Textiles and the future

Museums, galleries, collections

Traceability, sustainability, poverty, ethics in the textile industry

Bibliographies and Citations

  • Ask your teacher for requirements; keep records up to date – retrospectively is difficult.
  • Bibliography Generator – choose the style you need.

Evaluating Websites