ARTstor Digital Library

ARTstor is much more than great, high resolution images of art works.  It’s a fabulous resource for many topics and can help you jazz up your paper or presentation.  Here are some examples:

For your costume class you can find fashion images:

Couture House: Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, French, founded 1962; Designer: Yves Saint Laurent, French, born Algeria, 1936

Couture House: Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, French, founded 1962; Designer: Yves Saint Laurent, French, born Algeria, 1936

For a class on U.S. history, civil rights, sociology or African American history, you can find relevant images:

March on Washington, Martin Luther King speaking to the crowds, Bob Henriques | May 17, 1957 | (c) Bob Henriques / Magnum Photos | Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos

March on Washington, Martin Luther King speaking to the crowds, Bob Henriques | May 17, 1957 | (c) Bob Henriques / Magnum Photos | Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos

For an anthropology class, you might find this image useful:

Four Horns copy of Jumping Bull drawing of himself capturing horses from Manuscript 1929A Jumping Bull pictographic autobiographies, Jumping Bull | 1870 | Image provided by National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Four Horns copy of Jumping Bull drawing of himself capturing horses from Manuscript 1929A Jumping Bull pictographic autobiographies, Jumping Bull | 1870 | Image provided by National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

For a class in biology or natural history, these images might fill the bill:

Family: Pomacentridae | Genus/Species: Abudefduf sexfasciatus, Sydney Parkinson | 1768-1775 | Image and original data provided by the Natural History Museum (London)

Family: Pomacentridae | Genus/Species: Abudefduf sexfasciatus, Sydney Parkinson | 1768-1775 | Image and original data provided by the Natural History Museum (London)

For a class in Political Science, perhaps this might be visual that says it all:

  Firemen and police going into Ground Zero right after the 2nd tower collapsed after the attack on the World Trade Center. People that were there for the collapse stand around dazed, Photographer: Larry Towell 2001 | ©Larry Towell / Magnum Photos | Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos


Firemen and police going into Ground Zero right after the 2nd tower collapsed after the attack on the World Trade Center. People that were there for the collapse stand around dazed, Photographer: Larry Towell 2001 | ©Larry Towell / Magnum Photos | Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos

For Women’s History or Military History, you might need a picture of Eleanor Rigby – Lieutenant Commander Eleanor G. Rigby, that is.

Portrait of Lieutenant Commander Eleanor G. Rigby taken in her office, possibly at the United States Naval Training School in the Bronx, n.d. (c. 1942-45)

Portrait of Lieutenant Commander Eleanor G. Rigby taken in her office, possibly at the United States Naval Training School in the Bronx, n.d. (c. 1942-45)

Or you just might want to browse through a few cartoons from The New Yorker:

The ringing in your ears-I think I can help, Leo Cullum | Condé Nast Collection of The New Yorker’s cartoons

The ringing in your ears-I think I can help, Leo Cullum | Condé Nast
Collection of The New Yorker’s cartoons

The bottom line is this:  images can help you make your point.  They can make your paper or power point look better.  They can sometimes even get you a better grade.

And using images from the ARTstor database is smart for a number of reasons:

  • There are 1.5 million to choose from.
  • You can use them in papers, power point presentations or any time you need visuals.
  • The images are very high resolution.
  • Each image has metadata which means you can easily get the correct creator, title, date, size, place where the image is held, who to contact for publication rights and sometimes even annotations that add an explanation and context to the image.

Find ARTstor in the Databases A-Z list on the Libraries home page. 

help page for using ARTstor has video tutorials and other materials to help you get the most about of the database.



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