Searching ARTstor


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What is ARTStor?

ARTstor is a repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data from libraries, museums, and institutions throughout the world.

The digital image collections are searchable and are multidisciplinary in nature.


ARTstor Images

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Beneath the Browse section, click the Classifications link.

  • Click the + icon next to Humanities and Social Studies.

  • Double click the Canada link.

  • Click on Sort by drop-down menu at the top of the screen
  • Select: Sort by Date

ARTstor Images

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What is the date of the oldest image in this collection?



ARTstor Images

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Go back to the ARTstor main page by following these directions:  

  • On the top banner, select the History pull-down menu
  • Select Welcome Page
  • Underneath the Browse section, select the Classification option

How many images has the Science, Technology and Industry topic? (Choose 1 out of the following 4 choices)


Locate Images

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For your research paper, you are interested in locating images of jewelry from ancient Greece. 

  • Beneath the Browse option, select View by Geography.
  • Click on the + icon next to Greece.  
  • Double click:  Fashion, Costume and Jewelry

Use the drop-down menu next to Sort by and select:  Date

Locate Images

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Locate this image:  Ring and seal c. 2700-1450 BCE 

  • Double click the image.
  • Click on the Show Data  icon  below the image. 
Its going to look like this: 

Locate Images

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Answer the question below.

What information is not available for this image?


Search for Images

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For your research topic, you need to locate and interpret an image that portrays a historical event.  You have chosen to find images created at the time of the French Revolution (1779-1799).

Go back to the ARTstor main page by selecting the ARTstor title.  

On the left, under the Search box, click on the Advanced Search link

  • In the first search box, enter: France

  • In the second search box, enter:  revolution

  • Under the Search by Date or Date Range, enter:

      From: 1779 CE(AD)   To:  1810 CE(AD)

  • Click on the Search button at the bottom

Search for Images

2 of 2On the first page of images, locate the image:  Oath of the Tennis Court. (Towards the middle of the page).

More details:     

  • Double click the image 
  • Click on the Show Data  icon below the image

Who owns the copyright to this image?

View Images (Zooming and Panning)

To enlarge this image, click on the Zoom In button in the lower right banner below the image. (The button with the + sign)

To Zoom Out, click on the next button to the right. (The button with the - sign)

To the right of these buttons, are buttons that help you navigate the image with your mouse

Click the zoom mode button

Click on a point center-right area of the image where there is a group of soldiers.  Keep zooming in until the man seated at the desk is more easily seen.

Click on the Pan Mode button to use your mouse to move across to the other side of the image.  

What is on top of the papers on the desk next to the man?

To return the image to the original thumbnail, click on the Reset button next to the Zoom Out button.

Locate Images using Subject Headings

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For your research paper, you have chosen to focus on family life during the U.S. Civil War.  You need to locate images that are appropriate to your topic that are available in ARTstor.

Do this first:

  • Close the image viewer pop-up window. .
  • On the upper right hand side, under the Search box, click the Advanced Search link

Now you are ready to enter the keywords for your new search.

 First search box, enter:  “civil war”  
(the quotes will indicate an exact phrase)

Second search box, enter:  famil*
(the truncation symbol * means that all words with ‘famil’ as a root word will be selected, such as family, families.)

Locate Images using Subject Headings

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Next step:

To the right of the search boxes are three categories of limiters:  Geography, Classifications, Collections.

In the Geography section, use the scroll bar to move down the list to select:

United States

Click on the Search button.

Locate Images using Subject Headings

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Click on the title of the image: 
Refugee family.....

Click on the title NOT the image

In the pop-up window, note the first column of the chart labeled Field. 

In the Subject field, review the subject entries.

Copy the first subject entry:   

United States--Civil War, 1861-1865—Civilians

Close the pop-up window.

Select Advanced Search

Paste the Subject entry into the first Search box: 
United States--Civil War, 1861-1865—Civilians

Click on the Search button.

How many images did you retrieve?

Locate Images using Subject Headings

4 of 4Searching by Subject headings is a useful searching technique.  However, not all images have Subject headings.

Click on the title of the image: Black family ent...

What is another Subject entry for this image?

Citing Images

In this section you will learn how to properly cite images from the ARTstor database and the legal uses of images.

ARTstor Citation Information

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Select these two images by clicking on each image once:

Black family ent... and Black laborers on..

On the ARTstor navigation bar at the top, click Tools > Save citations for selected images.

A message will appear below the toolbar: “Citations for selected images were saved”

ARTstor Citation Information

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Click on the Tools drop-down menu and select:

View and export citations

A pop-up window will open displaying the image thumbnails and citation information.

  • Select both images by checking the box above each image.

At the top of the Saved citations page you have four export/ save options:

  • Email citations
  • Directly export citations  to EndNote, ProCite, or Reference Manager
  • Directly export citations to RefWorks
  • View and save citations  Select a Format

More details



ARTstor Citation Information

3 of 4At the top of the citation pop-up window,  next to View and Save Citations, use the drop-down menu to select: in printer-friendly format. 

Note:  In order to view the citation information, another tab in your browser will open.  You will need to toggle back and forth to this tab to follow instructions and to answer the question below.

In the pop-up Save/Print window, select:  Open with [your Browser, such as FireFox]

Click OK and close the pop-up window.

ARTstor Citation Information

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The exported citations will be displayed on another tab in your web browser.  From here you can print the page or copy and paste the citation information into a Word document. 

Don't close this tab.  The information will be used to answer the following questions.


Create Chicago Manual of Style Citations for ARTstor Images

Please read the linked information about elements to include in a citation for an ARTstor image.  Citing Images

For a Chicago Manual of Style citation, include these elements:

Creator/Author(s) last name, first name. Title of work (in italics). Date of image. Publication information for the source. 


Chardin, Jean Baptiste Siméon.  Kitchen Maid. 1740.  ARTstor.

David, Jacques-Louis. Oath of the Tennis Court. 1791. ARTstor.


From the citation examples above, what would be the first element of the citation for the image, Paul Revere?


Using ARTstor Images and Copyright

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You are allowed to use ARTstor images for educational and scholarly uses, such as embedding an image in a research paper or for a class presentation. 

Copying images to include in a book or any commercial use is prohibited.

Using ARTstor Images and Copyright

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In this activity, a new browser tab will open.  You will need to toggle back and forth between the browser tabs to view these instructions.

Scroll to the bottom of the ARTstor page you are currently viewing and click on the  Terms and Conditions link.

In the frame on the right, select: Permitted Uses

Scroll to the bottom of this page and read these sections:

  • Examples of permitted uses

  • Examples of prohibited uses

Which of the following would be an example of a permitted use of an ARTstor image?

Using ARTstor Images and Copyright

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More Practice

You are creating a web page for your class project. You locate an image in ARTstor that would be perfect to use on your web page. What must you do to make sure that you are not illegally using an ARTstor image?