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September 20, 2019

More open collections coming to Artstor

Annie Cavanagh, A diatom frustule

Color-enhanced image of a diatom frustule by Annie Cavanagh. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY 4.0.

Artstor is making an increasing number of Creative Commons-licensed museum, library, and archive collections freely accessible to everyone on its platform — already a destination for scholars using visual media. The collections have been selected for their value to the humanities and sciences, providing researchers with a central place in which to discover and use open images from a wide variety of sources alongside other relevant materials.

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August 26, 2019

Browsing Artstor just got easier!

Great news for those who enjoy discovering unexpected new images in Artstor: We made some changes that make it easier to browse works by a single creator and images related to a specific subject!

Now, when you view an image record in Artstor, you can click the name in the creator field to search for other works by the same creator, such as the example below showing works by the photographer Pierre Louis Pierson.

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Pierre-Louis Pierson. Countess de Castiglione. 1895. Image and data courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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September 14, 2018

Artstor across disciplines: images for the humanities and social sciences

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Artstor’s global collections span time and cultures and provide a wonderful resource for teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. Our “Artstor Across Disciplines” LibGuide outlines how Artstor’s collections can be used in over 20 disciplines, including American studies, religious studies, the history of medicine, women’s studies, and more.

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August 27, 2018

How do you browse millions of images?

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With nearly 2.5 million images making up 300 collections in Artstor–plus hundreds more public collections–where does one begin browsing in Artstor?

Browsing images may not seem like the best way to find an image, especially if you are looking for something specific. However, browsing allows you to serendipitously discover images you might not find with a more focused search. Next time you’re working in Artstor, try some of these techniques and see what you discover:

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August 22, 2018

Register for an Artstor user account

Maybe you’ve been searching and viewing images in Artstor, and even downloaded images from public collections, but you’d like to do more. Register for an account and you will!

Registered users at subscribing institutions can download images from Artstor’s core collections of 2.5 million images, save and organize these images into groups, export them to fully captioned PowerPoint presentations, and share the groups with students or collaborators.

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August 20, 2018

Easy citations from Artstor

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Writing a paper? You can use Artstor to easily generate citations in APA, Chicago, or MLA styles.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. View the image you would like to cite.
  2. Select the “Cite this item” button to the right of the image viewer.
  3. Click “Copy to clipboard” located underneath the citation style you are using.
  4. Paste the citation you just copied into your paper.

That’s it! Simple image citations with the click of a button.

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January 29, 2018

Building a new Artstor: 2017 in review

Matthias Buchinger, Calligraphic Trompe-l’oeil Calendar, 1709, image and original data provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2017 was a big year for Artstor. Not only did we add over 350,000 new images, but we also completely overhauled the Artstor platform, creating a new interface and tools while improving the back-end systems that power the site to increase search speed and reliability. Here’s what changed:

  • Artstor got a facelift with a new, streamlined interface design.
  • Images open on a new page rather than as pop-ups. Pop-ups are difficult to navigate when you aren’t able to adjust your browser settings, as is often the case on computers managed by an IT department. This change also allows you to link directly to an image and its data without opening a pop-up, which is confusing to recipients (especially those who have pop-ups blocked and find a link leads to nowhere).
  • Images are now on a IIIF viewer with fullscreen capabilities and side-by-side comparison mode. Read more about IIIF’s incredible work on their site.
  • We simplified image-group sharing: all registered users can share image groups with other users at your institution, not just faculty. Now, students can collaborate on image groups and faculty can more easily work with students and TA’s to curate groups.
  • Artstor now includes a flashcard mode in the fullscreen image view to study for exams. Read more about this feature on our support site.
  • We increased Artstor’s web accessibility for users with disabilities.
  • Our URLs are now shorter for easier linking in LibGuides, course websites, emails, and more.
  • The entire site is mobile friendly. Direct your smartphone’s browser to, sign in, and enjoy Artstor’s full set of features. Remember to turn your phone sideways for full-screen views!
  • Image citations are now available in many formats, including APA, Chicago, and MLA style.

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