Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Seeking the right image

Help is at your fingertips when you are looking for the right illustration to use in your research or presentation. Want to have a closer look at a painting or other image from your studies? Need an illustration that you can easily cite and have permission to use in your paper? Spend some time on ARTstor, and you will not be disappointed.

Images from ARTstor. Left: Joseph Byron, Self Portrait. 1909. Right: Desperate Man (Self Portrait). Gustave Courbet. 1843. 
The ARTstor Digital Library database  available through Lane Library contains over 1.8 million high resolution digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a variety of tools for study, research, and instruction. These images hail directly from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, exhibitions, and scholars.

You can search by keyword or use the advanced search for additional filters and limits or you can also browse by collection, classification, or geography. While you need to create a log-in to use the advanced features of ARTstor, it is definitely worthwhile in order to save and organize images into groups and folders, or even to export entire image groups in batches through the "export to PowerPoint" feature.

Want to know more? Simply stop by a librarian's office to find out how to use it effectively for your research.  Or if you are looking for online help, ARTstor has a variety of documentation and videos on everything from searching to downloading images into a PowerPoint presentation.

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