Art History Survey I: Prehistory to 15th Century - LSC Kingwood

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ARTS 1303 | ASSIGNMENT: The all-encompassing, show me your brains paper:

Write a research paper on a culture or style from this period.

In a 5-7 page typed and double spaced paper, show how an artwork reflects the issues and concerns (societal, political, economic, artistic, religious, historical, technological or/and psychological) of the time period in which it was created.  Include an analysis of content in relation to these issues and concerns.  Be sure to reference specific elements within the artwork throughout the course of the paper as they relate to your issues and concerns.  Parenthetical references and a bibliography must be included.  Refer to the section on plagiarism.  Please include a reproduction of the image on a separate page at the end of your paper.  Contact Professor Kelley Revuelto.

 Librarian Talk . . . About Getting Started

As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage.  Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of artists, specific art works,  movements, or broader identifying terms.  Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, and electronic databases. 

Keywords:  Art; Art and history; Art and religion; Art and mythology; Names of specific cultures or time periods:  Egyptian art, Medieval art, etc.; Name of a specific work of art or achitecture; artist's name

More about choosing keywords (30 sec.)


Librarian Talk . . . About  Books

Apply online for a Lone Star College System library card.   Use the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to:  

Online books are available at the eBook Collection. You will need your library card number to login. More about finding books (31 sec.)

Reference Books are a good starting point because they give you an overview with more broad, general information.  If you haven't decided on your topic, they will help you by presenting the major artists and movements. Here is a small sampling of books in the Lone Star College - Kingwood Library, and which your library may have. These and many other very good sources of information can be found by searching the library catalog or asking your reference librarian for assistance.
N5300 .S8447  Atlas of Western Art History; Artists, Sites and Movements from Ancient Greece to the Modern Age.  New York:  Oxford, 1994. Where art was created, and how and why it spread.

N31 .D5     Dictionary of Art.  New York:  Grove, 1996.  34 Vol.   A classic reference, thorough and authoritative.  Black & White pictures.   Also available in the database, Oxford Art Online.
N25 .E53     Encyclopedia of Visual Art. Danbury, CT: Grolier, 1983.  10 Volumes.   Volumes 1-4 contain information on the time periods included in the assignment and volumes 6-9 include biographical information on artists.
The following single-volume works are good sources of information about artistic periods, representative works of art and architecture,and historical background. 
N40. B53  Biographical Dictionary of Artists.

N5300. G25  Gardner's Art Through the Ages.  By Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner. 

N5300. J3   History of Art.  By Anthony F. Janson. 

N5300. S923  Art History.  By Marilyn Stokstad. 

NA200. F63  A History of Architecture.  John Musgrove, Editor. 

NA216. L58  Ancient Architecture:  Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete, Greece.  By Seton Lloyd, Wolfgang Muller and Roland Martin. 

These multi-volume works are sources for historical information:

GT31. G74  The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life:  A Tour Through History from Ancient Times to the Present.  

D57. C252  The Cambridge Ancient History.  

D114. D5  Dictionary of the Middle Ages

D117. C3  The Cambridge Medieval History.  

To find articles in books, search the library catalog using:
  • Name of the art movement.Your artist's last name.
  • Title of the artwork

The eBook Collection is a good source for electronic books online.  These books may also appear with other search results in the library catalog.

Films on Demand contains over 6000 available films.  Search using keyword.  Create your own favorites lists or playlists.
The following  list of books was recommended by your instructor as good books to begin your research: Note the library location. You can request books from other libraries with your library card number. Ask a Librarian for assistance.

N5350 .R63  The Art of Ancient Egypt. Gay Robins - available in LSC Kingwood Library. 

DF130 .P44  Greek Art and Archaeology.  John Griffiths Pedley - available in LSC Tomball Library. 

N5975 .S58  Medieval Art: painting-sculpture-architecture 4th-14th Century  James Snyder - available in LSC Tomball Library. 

Heaven on Earth: Art and the Church in Byzantium by Linda Safran  University Parks, Penn.:  The Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1998. Not available in LSC Libraries

NA5453 .W55 The Gothic Cathedral: the architecture of the great church, 1130-1530 - available in LSC Kingwood Library.
Illuminated Manuscripts
745.67 DeHde  A History of Illuminated Manuscripts.  Christopher DeHamel  available through the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.  


Librarian Talk . . . About Finding Articles

To find articles in newspapers and journals, use  the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to login to the following databases. If you find an interesting article that is not full text, please give the correct bibliographic information to our Reference Librarians and they will see that you get the article. They will need full bibliographic information - and your name and address. Send your phone number as well, so they can contact you if necessary. For a full list of article databases, go to our alphabetical list of databases. You will need the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to login from off-campus.

More about searching databases (25 sec.)

Project MuseFull text or complete scholarly articles from recent journals. Use the disclipline list to focus your results to Art and Architecture, or other areas which apply to your topic. Use the advanced search screen for the best results.

JSTOR - Scholarly articles from all issues of each journal included in the database.  Disciplines include Art and Art History, Anthropology, Architecture and more.  Use the advanced search screen for the best results. 

Academic Search Complete  - A general database that includes art, this often covers different journals than ProQuest.  Use Peer Reviewed.  Most recent articles are full text.

Biography Reference Bank - Learn about your artist.  Not art criticism.


 Librarian Talk . . . About Searching Oxford Art Online, formerly Grove Art Online

The Oxford Art Online  is a database that offers full-text articles and pictures of the world's most famous art.  On the opening page of this database, you will find several search options.  Understanding how to use these options will help you to plan your search.

"Search"  Located in the upper right -hand corner of the opening page.  Use this only for searching for article headings.  It does not search within the articles.  "Search" also appears at the top of all pages, so that at any time you can search for a heading.

  • "Browse"   This will give you an alphabetical list of all the articles in the database.  You can then click on an article  that you wish to access.
  • "Advanced Search" and "Full Text"   These options allow you to search for terms, names or concepts within articles.
  • "Biographies"   This option will allow you to search for artists by name, date of birth, place of birth, or date and place of death.
  • "Image Links"  This option will allow you to search for images of art embedded in the Grove Art Online articles, on the web, or in the Art Resource or The Bridgeman Art Library databases.
  • "Explore"   With this option you can search for Forms, Geography, People, Styles and Cultures, and Time Periods. 

You can also search any combination of these headings  Use the drop-down lists to choose subjects under each heading.  Your choices will be listed in the "Selections" column and articles will be listed in the "Results" column.


Citing Sources Using the Library MLA Style Guide | Lone Star College - Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

Misuse of Sources | Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.

Learning Center   |   Check our hours for in-house tutoring.   Attach your paper to and email to Dr. Janis Terry, Director of the Learning Center. Dr. Terry or one of the writing tutors will read through your paper and make brief comments on your paper and return it to you.

REMEMBER, the expert on this paper is Professor Revuelto.

Email the instructor: Kelley Revuelto
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