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ART RESEARCH GUIDE

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.

These call numbers will help you locate art books 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:

  • Aperture
  • Art in America
  • Art Journal
  • Artforum International
  • ArtNews
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Print
  • Southwest Art

You can also find journal articles in the online databases.
Recommended databases for Art:

EBSCOhost Image Collection
http://www.lonestar.edu/library/14627.htm
A Lone Star College database featuring a collection of 235,000+ photos, maps, and flags. 

 

JSTOR
http://www.lonestar.edu/library/14627.htm
A Lone Star College database that contains journals in such areas as history, statistics, sociology, literature, and economics.

 

Oxford Art Online  
http://www.lonestar.edu/library/14627.htm
A Lone Star College database (including Grove Art) covering all the visual arts from prehistory to the present with links to 5,000 images.

 

Project MUSE 
http://www.lonestar.edu/library/14627.htm
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.

WebsitesArtcyclopedia 
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: Database of women artists 
Clara is a unique interactive database containing authoritative information on 18,000 women visual artists of all time periods and nationalities.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History 
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 Digital Library 
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.

Picture Collection of the New York Public Library 
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. 

Visualizing cultures 
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 Tips:

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:

 

Dartmouth College’s page on Art papers
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~writing/materials/student/humanities/arthistory.html

 

Writing and Research in Art from Skidmore College
http://www.skidmore.edu/academics/arthistory/paperpg/resintro.html

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s writing guide on art
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/writing-for-specific-fields/art-history

Writing about Art by Professor Marjorie Munsterberg
http://www.writingaboutart.org/

 

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