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Business of Beauty: A Resource Guide

Print & Electronic Resources

The Library subscribes to several Taylor & Francis eBook and Online, Sage Knowledge, SAGE Journals Online, de Guyter Online, Emerald and the most notable. Additionally, the Library also has an internal system for ebooks and articles called Stacks. Many catalog records do not when that title is available though those databases but often they do not so searching them individually would be necessary.

The following resources link to fuller bibliographic information about the modern business of beauty in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Many of these resources will also be available at your local public or university library.

Electronic Resources

These resources are both free sources and subscription based source. Any full-text database can be used to research the industry. This is a good strategy for those looking to find very specific pieces of information - marketing to women, marketing to millennials, ethnic beauty trends, etc. The Internet is also good for finding niche industry conferences.

The resources here are focused on finding industry related information and consumers - the type of information found in market research reports. We have included a few market research firms, what is here is only a partial list, but  the Library does not subscribe any of the market research firms products.

We have included a few associations, web based news sources, and places that focus on ingredients as they will be resources for the type of information that are part of a market research report or important for someone studying the industry to know about. However, some of the consulting firms publish analysis. For example, in May 2023 McKinsey published as part of their State of Fashion, a Beauty Report.

The subscription resources marked with a padlock  are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library. One resource that is only available at the Library of Congress and only on specific terminals is STACKS, a platform for over 15,000 books and 100 newspapers deposited digitally. It contains recently published items and searching through the system is possible. The contents could be printed out, but there is no downloading. Please see a reference librarian for access.

Associations & Industry Groups



Ingredients & Testing

Government & Regulatory