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How to Find Images & How to Use Them: Artstor

An introduction to searching for images and using them

Use Artstor to find images for papers, presentations, and study in the humanities social science, natural sciences, and technology. There's also a set of tools for sharing images, curating groups of images, downloading them directly into powerpoint presentations, and comparing and contrasting images.

You can always use the Artstor research guide that provides broad knowledge about the Artstor Digital Library's content and features, including:
    •    Finding images in Artstor
    •    Using Artstor images in papers
    •    Using Artstor images in presentations

Artstor presents an extraordinary breadth of resources (full list), including the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art (two area collections that charge no admission fees).

Self-Paced Video Tutorial

Accessing Artstor and Registering Your Account

This SHU link to Artstor will give you access to Artstor's core content.  To download images you must register for an account. With a registered account you can also curate groups of images, share them, and download them directly into PowerPoint presentations.

If you use Artstor off-campus without logging in through the SHU link, you will only see Artstor's Public Collections. Logging in with your registered account gives you the ability to access an additional 2.5 million images from museums, libraries, archives, scholars, and artists and artist's estates that are restricted from public view.

To register for an Artstor account:

From any computer on campus, go to From the Artstor home page, click “register for an account” in the upper right corner and enter your information. If you are also a JSTOR user, you may register with your JSTOR credentials if you choose. You can then use this account to log into Artstor from anywhere.

After you have registered for an account, you will have 120 days of remote access. After 120 days you will need to log in to Artstor again through this SHU library link in order to reset your remote access for another 120 days.