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How To Use ARTstor

ARTstor is a database of images, including fine art, photography, architecture, sculpture, jewels and other artifacts, ancient art and indigenous art and artisanal works.

Please keep in mind that some of the images in ARTstor are copyrighted, and all of them are made available under a Terms of Service that prohibits certain kinds of use even if the original artworks themselves are in the public domain. For more information, see Permitted & Prohibited uses

Permissible uses include educational uses:

  • In a face-to-face classroom
  • In a Learning Management System (Angel, Blackboard, Moodle)
  • In an E-Portfolio
  • In a student assignment (but not a published thesis or dissertation)
  • In a non-commercial conference, seminar or workshop (but remove the images if you archive your slides publicly afterwards)

Always cite your source! 

Before You Begin

If you are unfamiliar with accessing the college's research databases or entering your college login, review How To Access Library Databases.

Access

ARTstor welcome page with Enter Here link at upper right

Pay attention to instructions on cookies, setting screen resolution and disabling pop-up blockers.

  1. Go to the Empire State College Online Library at www.esc.edu/library
  2. Click on Multimedia.
  3. Click the Images tab.
  4. Click ARTstor.
  5. Enter your college login and password.
  6. Click the Enter Here button at the upper right.

Keyword Search

Screenshot of ARTstor basic search box

There is a basic search box on the ARTstor main page.

  1. Type in words or phrases that describe the image you wish to locate. 
    • Put quotation marks around a phrase so that ebrary knows to search those words as one unit rather than separately.
    • Use AND between keywords to search for books containing both terms.
    • Use OR between keywords to search for books containing either term.
    • For more information, see Using AND, OR & NOT to Combine Keywords.
  2. Click Search.
  3. If your search returns more than 300 results, you will be prompted to refine your search further.

Advanced Search

Screenshot of Artstor advanced search

To get to Advanced Search: Go to the ARTstor main page and go to the menu at the top, click Find, and then select Advanced Search.

Enter your keywords in the search boxes just as you do in Basic Search.

  • Put quotation marks around a phrase so that ebrary knows to search those words as one unit rather than separately.
  • Use AND between keywords to search for books containing both terms.
  • Use OR between keywords to search for books containing either term.
  • For more information, see Using AND, OR & NOT to Combine Keywords.

More Advanced Search features:

  1. Use the pull-down menus to the left of the search boxes to select whether to join the keywords in the windows with AND, OR or NOT.
  2. Use the pull-down menus to the right of the search boxes to select whether you want to search those keywords in:
    • Any field
    • Creator (artist, photographer, etc.)
    • Title (of the work)
  3. Use the pull-down menus to the right of the search box to select whether you want to searcy by the creator of the work, the title of the work or "in any field" for a general keyword search.
  4. Underneath the search boxes, you can limit your search by date or time period.
  5. On the right side of the Advanced Search window, you can choose geographical areas and subject classifications within which to search.

Click the Search box when you have entered all your information and want to see your search results.

Results List

Screenshot of ARTstor search results page with thumbnails on right and filtering options on left

At the top of the page you can navigate forward and back pages in your search results, and also sort your results by:

  • Title of the work
  • Creator of the work
  • Date the work was created
  • Relevance (how close a match it is to your search keywords)

Filtering options appear on the left side of the page. You can filter your search results by:

  • Geographical region.
  • Classification (such as architecture, paintings, performing arts or science).

Viewing The Image

To view the full-sized image and image information, double-click it.

Then, to view image information click the little i button underneath the full-sized image.

Screenshot of Artstor image view

Images in your search results list display as thumbnails (miniature images) on the right side of the page.

To enlarge an image, double-click on it. It will pop up in a new window. (If this window does not appear, check to see if your browser is blocking pop-ups.)

  1. Use the + and - buttons at the bottom of the image to zoom in and out.
  2. There are print and save buttons at the bottom of the image.

Print Images

  1. Follow the instructions above for viewing results.
  2. Click the print icon (looks like a little old fashioned printer).

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