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Art History Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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Starting Point

Choose Keywords

Before you begin looking for information, select up to 3 key words (or main concepts) to begin your research. To save time, list related key words to use for back up information searches.


KEY WORDS: Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night
RELATED WORDS: Impressionism; 19th Century Painting; Painters, Netherlands

Background Information

  • Oxford Art Online Play Button IconVideo Tutorial
  • Dictionary of Art (in Reference, 3rd floor: REF N31 .D5 1996)
  • Encyclopedia of World Art (in Reference, 3rd floor: REF N 31 .E4833)


Research Databases


Find e-books, streaming videos, and articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals. Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.

See Research Databases: Arts & Humanities for additonal resources on your topic.



Library Catalog


Find books, e-books, DVDs, and more.

 Use the Library Catalog


  • Enter search terms.
  • Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  • Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  • To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "request first available copy" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

Play Button IconSearching the Catalog

Play Button IconFinding a Book on the Shelf

Play Button IconRequesting an Item



Web Sites


List of websites if applicable.

Search Engines

Put quotation marks around phrases
Example: "Starry Night" "Van Gogh"

Citation Help

  1. Keep track of all of the information and sources you used during your research.
  2. Ask your professor about the required citation style.
  3. Consult Citation Help Guide from LSC-North Harris Library to help you construct your citations.

Each citation should answer the questions:

  • Who wrote the material you are using?
  • What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
  • Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
  • If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?




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