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Visit the eBooks page for links to thousands of ebooks from several ebook providers. RPCC ebooks are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students will be prompted to login with their Library User ID or Alt. ID, and PIN to access these ebooks from off-campus.

Art History: The Basics, 2008, by Grant Pooke and Diana Newall.

Art History: The Key Concepts, 2006, by Jonathan Harris.

The Art of Understanding Art : A New Perspective, 2015, by Hugh Moss.

The Hutchinson Dictionary of Symbols in Art, 2005.

The Museum of the Senses : Experiencing Art and Collections,2017, by Constance Classen.

North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century : A Biographical Dictionary, 1995, Jules Heller and Nancy Heller, Eds.


 Academic Search Complete: Articles from 5,500+ journals and other sources, multiple subject areas.

 Art and Architecture Complete: Articles on art, new artists, contemporary art, reviews, and criticism.

 Art Index Retrospective: Citations for 55 years of art publications.

 Gale In Context: Biography: Biographies, magazine articles, images, and website links for more than 900,000 people.

 Gale Ebooks: Reference sources for just about any research topic.

 History Reference Center: Reference books, history magazines, historical documents, etc.

 JSTOR: The Scholarly Archive: articles from scholarly journals in the arts and sciences, humanities, business, etc.

 Oxford Reference: Full-text general and subject-specific reference sources.

Streaming Videos

Art and Design: Insights into the Visual Arts, 2009.

Masterworks of Western Art: This eight-part series critically examines 48 masterpieces of Western art.

Black Art: In The Absence of Light

Art  Appreciation


Elements &Language of Art

Survey/Visual Literacy

Art History

Contemporary Art


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Special Topics

Web Resources

Local Art Museums and Centers

Alexandria Museum of Art

CAC: Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.

LASM: Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge.

Louisiana State Museum, is a network of nine museums in historic buildings around the state, many designated as National Historic Landmarks located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Natchitoches, Patterson, and Thibodaux. Some locations may include virtual tours or limited digital collections. See also:

Louisiana State Museum: Online Exhibits; see selected images from various collections.

Louisiana State Museum: Collection; find out more about the different collections as well as some selected images.

LSU Museum of Art, in the Shaw Center, downtown Baton Rouge.

Newcomb Art Gallery, at Tulane University, New Orleans.

NOMA: New Orleans Museum of Art, in City Park. College student admission, $8 with valid school ID; free admission on Wednesdays! The Sculpture Garden is ALWAYS free!

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans.

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, ULL, Lafayette.

National Art Galleries and Centers

Check these sites for online or virtual exhibits and other resources!

Getty, of the J. Paul Getty Trust, offers free access to digital resources in its collection that are either in the public domain or the rights to which are held by the Getty. Find images and videos under Museum: Collection and e-books under Publications: Virtual Library. Note that not all images are available, and not all e-books are free to read online or download; see more in its Art and research Collections; select Open Content for free images

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers video and exhibit images; also try the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, includes video and audio podcasts, images and other features.

National Gallery of Art offers information on exhibits with images and other multimedia available online.

National Museum of Women in the Arts; click “explore” to see information on exhibitions, collection highlights, and artist profiles of women artists.

Smithsonian American Art Museum includes online exhibits and multimedia resources.

Shelf Resources (RPCC Library - Gonzales campus)

Journals, Magazines and Newspapers (print issues)


Art & Antiques

Art in America

Browse for Resources on the Shelves by Shelf Number

N 1 to NX 820 – Fine arts.

N 1 to N 9211 – Visual arts.

NA 1 to NA 9428 – Architecture.

NB 1 to NB 1952 – Sculpture.

NC 1 to NC 1940 – Drawing.

ND 25 to ND 3416 – Painting.

NE 1 to NE 3002 – Print media, including engraving and etching.

NK 1 to NK 9990 – Decorative arts, including arts and crafts, ceramics, etc.

NX 1 to NX 820 – Arts in general, including special subjects.

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