- Help with research in general
- Ideas for researching a specific topic
- Finding library books and DVDs
- Borrowing library books and DVDs
- Renewing library books and DVDs, reviewing what you have checked out (by logging into "My Account")
- Getting books and other materials the FIT Library doesn't have (through InterLibrary Loan)
- Magazines, journals, and newspapers in the Library
- Magazines, journals, and newspapers available online
- Fashion forecasts / trend services in the Library
- Fashion forecasts / trend services available online
- Computers, software, scanning, and printing in the Library
- Photocopying in the Library
- Group study space in the Library
- Other FAQs
Of course if you don't see what you need listed here, ask us!
Students in the Graduate Studies programs at FIT, like graduate students everywhere, will want and need to go beyond the walls of the physical library to conduct their research. Here are some services of special interest to our grad students, but which are available to all current FIT students and employees.
Discovering other books on your selected topic: Search WorldCat which lists books and other format materials available in libraries (especially college and university libraries) around the world. If FIT Library owns the item, it will also be listed there, but if we don't have it:
- if it's available at a nearby library (WorldCat displays results by proximity) and you want to see it ASAP, ask at the Research Services Desk about getting a METRO library referral or other ways to visit another library. You can't borrow from other libraries directly except from public library systems you might belong to (e.g. NYPL, BPL or QPL), or from other SUNY Libraries
- if the item is not located nearby and/or you don't need it immediately, request that it be sent to the FIT Library through ILL (InterLibrary Loan).
Finding/seeing theses of other graduate students:
- Copies of FIT students' graduate theses in all programs are collected by the FIT Library; search and read all FIT theses through the Dissertations & Theses @ Fashion Institute of Technology (ProQuest) database
- You can also search the most up-to-date listings in StyleCat by author, title, and/or subject.
If you choose the search field "words in subject", using the phrase "Dissertations Academic Fashion Institute of Technology" it will show all listings, with the most recently received first. You can also include the year and/or name of the department you're interested in.
- Use WorldCat or WorldCat Dissertations to see what else has been written on your proposed topic, including theses and dissertations of students at other universities.
- If we don't have the item, you can request it through ILL (InterLibrary Loan) or visit another library that has it.
Scholarly and peer-reviewed journals
- Many of the databases we make available to our students include peer-reviewed journals. See the list of all scholarly journal databases or choose ones that specialize in your discipline.
- If you have a citation and want to know if you can access the full-text of the article through one of the FIT Library's databases (or to see if we have a print copy of the magazine/newspaper/journal), use the Journal Finder.
- If we don't have the item, you can request it through ILL (InterLibrary Loan) or visit another library that has it
- Google Scholar is another great resource for finding scholarly material on any topic. Although it will help you identify relevant articles, papers, proceedings etc. not everything will link to a full-text version of the item. Increase your success getting what you need by setting preferences to include FIT and other libraries you are connected to.
- Don't forget to check the databases of other institutions where you maintain an affiliation.
For example, some universities have select databases available remotely for their
alumni. Public library systems you are connected to may also have databases that supplement
what you can use through FIT Library.
Research source and citation management
- FIT's Writing Studio is a great resource for all students.
- Try Zotero and other tools to organize your work
Ask the Library! We can help you with any stage of your research, from beginning to explore a prospective topic, through identifying and locating materials, to documenting your sources in the appropriate format. Contact us in person, or email, text or chat with us