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How do I search ARTstor?

Learn how to search the ARTstor database

Search ARTstor

Step 1:

Go to the library's A-Z Databases page, and select ARTstor from the list. (If you're off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your myPVCC username and password).

Step 2:

Register for an account by clicking the link in the top right corner. You must have an account in order to download pictures from the database.


Step 3:

ARTstor contains high-res images of paintings, sculptures, architecture, costumes, maps, photographs, and more. It's best to use the advanced search to narrow your results. Click the Advanced Search link below the search box.


Step 4:

Enter your search terms in boxes on the left side. You can combine your terms with "AND" if you only want results by a particular artist. For example, you could do "stars AND van gogh" or "thinker AND rodin." Or you can just enter your terms in the first box, and then limit by classification. For example, you may only want paintings or sculptures or architecture.  


Step 5:

Browse through your results. If you want to change the size of the thumbnails, click the "View large thumbnails" icon in the top right corner.


Step 6:

Double-click the image to view it in full-screen. Maximize the pop-up window, so it fills your computer screen. Then, click any part of the image to zoom in closely. Click the reset button to fit the image back to the window.


Step 7:

Click the "i" button for information on the artwork, such as the author, title, gallery location, and collection name.


Step 8:

Click the Save button to download a high-res copy of the image.  


tipIf your professor asked you to look at a particular folder of images for a class, click "My folders & image groups" on the ARTstor homepage. Then navigate to the folder for your class.

Note: You must be logged in to see the My ARTstor screen. You can also click the "Folders & Images Group" button in the center of the page if you're not logged in.

Interested in using an image for a professional academic publication? Look for the "IAP" symbol beneath the image, which means it may be used in academic publications free of charge. For more information, see ARTstor's "Images for Academic Publication" website.  

Note: This does not apply to students using an image in a paper or PowerPoint. For that, you simply must cite where you found the image. See Copyright for Students for more information.