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Art Online: Home

This guide will help student diiscover images of art, architecture, and photography online.

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Getting Started with ArtStor

Getting Started with ArtStor

The ArtStor database has a unique set of items that are useful in the discovery of images for music, dance, and other arts and themes besides the usual art history research. To get started, there is a guide available online that helps you learn quickly and easily how to use the database.

Getting Started in ArtStor

1647 Detail of Garden of Pleasures, Interior Murals

Detail from the Garden of Pleasures Mural, 1647, Interior Wall,

Resources & Search Tips

How to Find Images in Books:

You can search in online catalogs for terms associated with images in books.

For example, use the terms "portrait" (often port for portrait in book catalogs)

Other examples: use "ill" for  "illustrations" or "col" (for color)

Older books may use terms like "plate"

You can also look in the Table of Contents at the front of a book for "List of Illustrations"


For searching in ebooks or journal databases such as JSTOR, use terms like "image"

The problem with Google images:

1) images may not be available for use and can be in copyright

2) images are very often NOT labeled correctly. For example, if you search for a person, many images associated, but not that person can appear.

3) Can use google images to find a wikipedia image, which has usually been vetted.

Associate Director, Instruction and Engagement

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Judith S. Pinnolis
Berklee College of Music/Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Stan Getz Library MS-150 LIB
150 Massachusetts Avenue

Boston, MA 02215