Got Homework? Use Hot Topics


browse by subjectStart with the Homework Resources subject on the main Hot Topics page.  Here you will find Hot Topics on a variety of subjects including art, language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, history, geography, literature and more! The Librarians have pulled together library databases, Always Available eBooks (reference books you can access 24/7 365 days a year!), videos, live tutoring helping (for FREE!), vetted websites, magazines, newspapers and much more.

The Umbrellas


The Umbrellas (about 1881-1886), the artist of the painting is Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a French Impressionist painter. According to Renoir, he began the painting in 1881, painting the figures on the right, but then put it aside and finished it about five years later. During those years, Renoir rethought his whole approach to painting and rejected Impressionism.

Fun Fact: The painting looks like the work of two different artists, because the figures on the right are painted in a loose, Impressionist style with feathery brushwork, blurred contours and intense blues while the rest of the picture is more linear and more sombre in coloring. Read More…

Other Library Resources to learn about art & artists:

Hot Topics Arts – Visual Arts

Biography in Context

We’re Losing More Databases!


Many companies have had to cut back on services that are offered to the public because of budget constraints. The Library is also experiencing challenges in regards to services that we offer. In the near future, you will begin to notice that we have made several changes to our electronic resources. Many sources will no longer be available, so we will try and offer alternative electronic resources or other sources that may contain the same of similar information. Please remember, we are trying to provide the best service in times of a down economy and we appreciate your understanding.

After June, 2010, the following resources will no longer be available through the library’s electronic resources;

1. Grolier Online
2. Grove Encyclopedia of Art
3. Grove Encyclopedia of Music

1. Grolier Online – This electronic resource contained many encyclopedias that could be searched all at once. Instead, you can try World Book. World Book allows you to Search all encyclopedia articles, multimedia, periodical, e-book, and primary source databases in a single search, or use our image search to focus on the site’s multimedia collection. You can find all the information you need on any research topic,

You can search the following categories in World Book Info Finder to find information;

  • World Newspapers
  • World Book Explorers
  • Current Events
  • Research Tools
  • Science Projects
  • Biography Center

You can find information using the following search methods;

  • Search box
  • A-Z
  • By subject
  • Images and Videos
  • Dictionary
  • Advanced Search

2.Grove Encyclopedia of Art – We have no electronic resource that you can use instead of this one, but we have an entire “Hot Topic” that will help with many of your art needs. The “Hot Topics” is a place where you can find websites, books, databases and much more. Each “Hot Topic” is devoted to one subject area.

To find the Hot Topics, follow these simple instructions;

  1. Go to our homepage, lvccld.org
  2. Click on Find Information
  3. Click on Hot Topics
  4. Under General Reference, click on Art

3. Grove Encyclopedia of Music – There are a few resources to use to get information on music.

For Composers –  Biography Resource Center is the best place if you need information on any composers. You can either enter the name in the search box, or you can use the Biographical Facts Search and find various composers by using the Occupation limiter.

For Music History –  Student Research Center covers a broad range of general topics designed to assist middle school and high school students. Includes a dictionary, an encyclopedia, with the ability to search by topic.

As you can see, there are still electronic resources that will contain information to help in your research. Do you find this electronic resource fun and easy to use? Why or why not?

Brain Teaser – National Gallery


Credo Reference has recently added more than 2,000 images from The National Gallery, London. To celebrate, here’s a brainteaser about the National Gallery and some of its pictures.

The Hay Wain The Hay Wain

1. In 1821, who painted “The Hay Wain”, which is in the National Gallery.

2. The National Gallery has a painting called “Sunflowers” – one of several of this subject produced in 1888 by which artist?

3. In which London square is the National Gallery?

4. Who famously painted water-lilies at his garden at Giverny?

5. When an extension was proposed to the National Gallery, Charles, Prince of Wales, described it as putting “on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend” a monstrous…what?

6. What kind of animal was “Whistlejacket”, painted by Stubbs in about 1762?

7. “Marriage A-la-Mode” was a series of satirical engravings about the upper echelons of society made by which artist?

8. Was the picture called “Les Grandes Baigneuses” painted by Manet, Cezanne or Seurat?

9. Which ship, tugged to her last berth in 1838 and painted by J. M. W. Turner, was the subject of the picture voted “The Greatest Painting in Britain”?

10. An 18th-century portrait of “Mr and Mrs Andrews” is the masterpiece of which artist’s early years? Continue reading

Top Websites


  • Children’s Literature, Chiefly from the Nineteenth Century
    Organization: University of South Carolina (USC)

    This site displays selections from the University of South Carolina’s collection of children’s literature. View the books that children were reading over one hundred years ago and read about the popular authors of that century.

  • Leonardo da Vinci
    Organization: The British Library

    “Everyone has heard of the Mona Lisa, but less well-known than Leonardo’s painting are his notebooks. They show that he was a designer and scientist way beyond his time. He drew his visions of the airplane, the helicopter, the parachute, the submarine and the car. It was more than 300 years before many of his ideas were improved upon.” (THE BRITISH LIBRARY) Through his notebooks, this site explores the amazing life and work of Leonardo da Vinci.

  • Women of Our Time
    Organization: National Portrait Gallery

    This site “highlights a variety of American women of the twentieth century. These iconic images include studio portraits, glamorous publicity shots, press photographs, fashion photographs, advertising images, and amateur snapshots.” (NPG)