Q: I'm not a current FIT student. What FIT online resources can I use remotely (from
A. You may search the Library's online catalog, StyleCat, use our Research Guides, and try some of our "open access" database suggestions.
Remote access to all other databases is restricted to current FIT students and employees (valid FIT username and password required for login).
However, some of the online databases we subscribe to, along with additional ones, may be available to you through other channels:
- Other libraries you can use : Public libraries near you may provide online access to a variety of databases. Many databases may be available remotely (using your library card information to log in) but some may be restricted to on-site use only.
- NOVEL: New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (Available to New York State residents
Databases which come from NOVEL (NY Online Virtual Electronic Library) are available in university and public libraries throughout New York State. If you have a New York State Library Borrower's Card or a New York State Driver License (or NYS DMV Non-Driver Photo ID), you can also access NOVEL resources remotely.
New! "Every New Yorker can search NOVELNY from www.novelnewyork.org via geoIP authentication without entering a driver license number as long as they are in New York State."
Some of the databases available at FIT are provided by SUNYConnect. If you are a student or employee at another SUNY (State University of New York) campus, look for these resources on your own campus site
Q. Where can I find specific types of information in the sources mentioned above?
A. Look for these online databases on your local or public library website:
- WWD articles:
Look for Academic OneFile , Business Insights: Essentials, Business Source Premier or General OneFile in addition to direct access to a WWD Online subscription.
- Vogue (U.S. edition: articles, editorial, and ads) or Harper's Bazaar
Ask if your local library has access to the Vogue Archive or Harper's Bazaar Archive
In New York City, you can use Vogue at any NYPL location and Harper's Bazaar can be used onsite at NYPL or remotely with a NYPL card.
If you subscribe to Vogue magazine, you can access a limited number of free articles per month from the archive for free.
- New York Times articles:
The website of the New York Times contains most articles and columns since 1851. Articles from 1851-1922 are free, 1923-1986 are on a pay-per-article basis, and those from 1987 and on are free but there is currently a limit of 5 free articles per month;
Look for Academic OneFile, General OneFile, InfoTrac Custom Newspapers or ProQuest Historical Newspapers at your local library (or on its website) for coverage of additional years
- Other specific magazines, journal or newspapers:
See if your library's website has something like FIT's Journal Finder which will let you look up a specific title and see if the library gives you online access to it through one of its many databases. For example: Full-Text Electronic Journals: Remote access at the New York Public Library.
There are also several free websites with digitized full-text back issues of magazines. Some examples : Google Books, The Magazine Rack
- Statistics and studies on the apparel industry? Directories and lists of companies and suppliers in the apparel industry?
Many of the newspaper and magazine article sources mentioned above will have information
on these industries.
See also the FIT Library's Research Guides and New York Public Library's Industry Guide: Apparel, Fashion and Textiles
- Company profiles and articles? Other industry information?
Look for Business Insights: Essentials , Business Source Premier, Hoover's databases on your local library's website.
Databases such as Mintel and S&P Net Advantage (for S&P Industry Surveys) may also be available,
but often for on-site use only (e.g. at NYPL).
The FIT Library Research Guide Company and Industry Information suggests additional sources of information.
- Pictures / clip art / inspiration?
Image-finding suggestions are available on the FIT Library's Image Searching and Image Collections Research Guide