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Art: Get Started ...

This Art Research Guide will help you find books, eBooks, articles, audio-visuals and web contents in a variety of topics related to Art.

Remote / off-campus access to online databases

The physical Library is closed at this Time.
But the online databases for articles, ebooks and streaming videos are available remotely to our students 24/7 via the 14-digit Library Barcode. Do not have a library card / barcode#  yet? Fill out and submit this online form to get your barcode sent to your LSC email address:

Returning library materials

Return books and pick-up your hold items at our drive-through window.  Call 832.559.4200 for details. 

Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED

  • When you receive notification that your holds are ready for pick-up, call us at 832.559.4200 for instructions
  • Once you arrive on campus, please have your library card bar code number and PIN handy.
  • You will be given a pick-up time and instructions for pick-up
  • When you arrive at the library, follow the instructions you were provided over the phone.
  • You may be asked to show your library card or other form of ID for verification

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: 

Contact the Library @ LSC-Tomball

Though the library is physically closed, Research Databases containing Articles, eBooks and Videos are available to our students, faculty and staff 24/7.
Have a question? Ask us!

Reference832.559.4211 (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.)
Circulation: 832.559.4206

Chat with a Librarian

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Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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Background Information

For background information, definition of a term, and biographies, you can use these resources:

  • Smarthistory: Art History on Khan Academy
    Smarthistory is a leading resource for the study of art and cultural heritage put together by Khan Academy.
  • Art History |
    "Art history the study of objects of art in their historical development and stylistic contexts; that is genre, design, format, and style. The study includes painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, furniture, and other decorative objects..."

Google Arts & Culture   Free Web 
(Google) A collaborative project of Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries to include over 30,000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings, all in one page.

Library - Opening Status & Service Information

In-person service - by Appointment only: 
If you need research help or are looking to make copies of a few pages from a text book from our Reserve collection, please contact us via:
Text: 281.826.4488
Phone: 832.559.4211

From 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to set up a time. 

Citation Help

APA Style Guide

APA Style7 Guide for References List and In-text citation

Chicago Style Manual

Notes & Bibliography Citation Guide
This guide provides examples and tips on how to cite sources in the Chicago Notes & Bibliography style.

Notes & Bibliography Overview
View this handout for a more detailed explanation of how to use the Chicago Notes & Bibliography style.

MLA Style Guide