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Finding and Using Images

This guide introduces resources which can help you search for images to use in your projects and research.

Introduction to Artstor

Link to ArtStor

Artstor is a non-profit organization that builds and distributes a library of digital images online. Despite its name, Artstor offers images on a variety of topics other than art.

It includes a set of tools to find, view, organize, share, and present these images. More than one million images are currently represented through Artstor from collections such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Bodleian Library. Images created through the Visual Resources Collection at the U of I will also be made available through Artstor .

See the Artstor Help page for a Quick Start guide.

Results & Viewing Images

In its default setting, results are displayed as thumbnail images with brief captions underneath. These captions usually include the work title, creator, and date, and if clicked on will pull up a more-complete record. Users can also view results as larger thumbnails accompanied by more data (under the display options menu.) 

  • Click the navigational arrows on the right side of the utility bar to move between pages.
  • Sort images by Title, Creator, or Date by clicking the corresponding boxes
  • Search within results by entering additional keywords in the upper-right text box and specifying "within this search result."
  • Double-click an image thumbnail to view it. Make sure the pop-up window blocker is disabled.

Artstor collection search

Image Viewer

When you double-click a thumbnail, ArtSTOR will launch their Image Viewer application in a seperate window.  Here you can zoom, pan, print, download, and create detail views.

Video Tutorials

See video tutorials on Artstor’s Youtube channel. Topics include Artstor in 3 minutes, making an image group, downloading images to PowerPoint, and registering for an account.