Monday, January 4, 2010

Doing Art and Art History Research in the Library

It's easy to do art and art history research with JSTOR and ArtSTOR.

ArtSTOR is an image database that contains images of fine art, sculpture, and works of architecture. You log into it and search it just like any other database. You can search by the name of the artist, the name of the work of art, or even by subject keywords like "gothic churches", "orchids", "impressionist" or "Soviet". Images can be printed out, saved, and linked to.

JSTOR is an all-scholarly, all-full text database that's particularly strong in art and art history. You can search by the artist's name, the name of the work of art, the kind of work of art ("bas relief"), or even a school ("pre-Raphaelites"). Remember to put phrases in quotation marks!

You can get to both of these databases by going to the Library website ( and clicking All Databases By Title (located in the left column.) You will find JSTOR a little way down on the first page. To get to ArtSTOR, use the blue tabs at the top - click the Images tab. Then click on the database name and log in with your College login and password.

As always, if you run into any difficulties in doing your research and using the Library resources, please don't hesitate to ask for help using our Ask A Librarian service. Simply go to for e-mail, phone, and chat contact info, or to fill out a web form with your question.

And a happy and prosperous New Year to everyone!
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