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Fashion Studies & Retail Merchandising: Government

Guide to research in apparel merchandising

Briggs Library Databases

Government Institutions with Fashion Resources

Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian has a number of fashion and retail merchandising collections and articles.

Library of Congress

There are many print, image, sound, and other resources from the Library of Congress.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Find out more about careers in fashion or retail merchandising from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

National Archives

Find archival materials at the National Archives


Hilton M. Briggs Library: Government Information

The Federal Depository Library Program: Keeping America Informed

Since 1813, the United States Federal Government has distributed information to the American people through a system of depository libraries. SDSU and the library have been a part of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1889.There are currently over 556,000 federally deposited documents in the Government Documents Collection at Briggs Library. Materials and reference services are available free of charge to all users of government information in accordance with Title 44 of the U.S. Code. The general public may access government information in all  formats in the library including print, microform, tangible electronic, and via the Internet.

Access Government Materials

Documents in print, microform, and electronic format are available on the Lower Level of Briggs Library.  Most government documents may be checked out at the Library Services Desk. Library computers and equipment are freely available for using electronic government information sources. Assistance identifying and locating government publications is available in the Government Documents Office. Publications not available in the library or online may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

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