Books & audio/visuals
The Online Catalog is a good place to start your research.
Note: reference books and instructional A/V materials can be used only in the library.
|Library of Congress classification||Dewey Decimal classification|
|N - Visual Arts||700 - General arts|
|NA - Architecture||710 - Civic and landscape art|
|NB - Sculpture||720 - Architecture|
|NC - Drawing, Design, Illustrations||730 - Sculpture|
|ND - Painting||738 - Ceramics|
|NE - Print media||739 - Metalwork|
|NK - Decorative arts||740 - Drawing and decorative arts|
|NX - Arts in general||750 - Painting and paintings|
|TR – Photography||760 - Graphic arts|
|TT - Arts and Crafts||770 - Photography|
Magazines & journals
These journals can be found in the "Art" section of the journals on the 2nd floor of LSC-Tomball Community Library:
- Art in America
- Art Journal
- Artforum International
- Outdoor Photographer
- Southwest Art
You can also find journal articles in the online databases.
Recommended databases for Art:
EBSCOhost Image Collection
A Lone Star College database featuring a collection of 235,000+ photos, maps, and flags.
A Lone Star College database that contains journals in such areas as history, statistics, sociology, literature, and economics.
A Lone Star College database with articles from over 300 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals.
Note: Use your 14 digit library barcode number for off-campus access to all of the above databases.
Indexes over 2,300 sites and offers over 95,000 links to an estimated 180,000 artworks by 8,200 renowned artists. Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus® (AAT) is a structured vocabulary for describing and indexing the visual arts and architecture.
Art History Resources on the Web
Hundreds of links to art history pages covering all time periods and areas of the world. Maintained by a Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College. ArtInfo
Each day, ARTINFO.com offers breaking news, profiles of top and emerging artists, stories about collectors and collecting, gallery round-ups from around the world, the best of student art, and market trends and analysis. This site also contains information on thousands of artists.
ArtLex: Art Dictionary
A dictionary for artists, collectors, students and educators. Includes definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art & visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, great quotations and cross-references.
Clara is a unique interactive database containing authoritative information on 18,000 women visual artists of all time periods and nationalities.
The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.
Perseus has a particular focus upon primary sources from the Greco-Roman world, but also includes Early modern English, the American Civil War, and the History and Topography of London.
The Picture Collection Online presents more than 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923. A good resource for illustrations.
Smithsonian Archives of American Art
Since 1954, the Archives has collected roughly 16 million letters, photographs, diaries, oral history interviews, sketches, scrapbooks, business records, and other documents that support the study of the history of the visual arts in America.
A MIT free database that examines large bodies of previously inaccessible images and original texts. Currently focusing on the arts and cultures of Japan and China.
Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism periods (1100-1850),currently containing over 22.600 reproductions.
Writing about art is different from other essays, you must learn to describe and analyze what you see. The library has many books that will walk you through the process of critiquing art. Search the library catalog in the subject search box, type in the term art-criticism. You can also check out these sites:
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