About Browsing in the NEW Artstor Digital Library
Browsing allows you to find images in the Digital Library without using a specific search term. Choose a collection type or category as a starting point for your research.
Browse by collection from any location in the Digital Library:
- On the landing page of the Digital Library, go to the Browse area in the left panel and click Collection.
From the menu choose Browse > Artstor Collections then click Collection in the submenu (if the menu has not already defaulted to this selection).
- The page will display an alphabetical list of collections. The numbers in parenthesis indicate how many images are contained in each collection.
- To open a specific collection, click the title. A brief collection description will be displayed above the collection thumbnails.
- To expand a collection and view its categories, click the right arrow. A list of sub-categories will display beneath the parent category. These categories will vary, reflecting the unique organization of each collection.
- To collapse an expanded category or collection, click the down arrow.
- Click on the name of a collection or sub-category to open.
You can begin to browse from any location in the Digital Library
- On the front page of the Digital Library, go to Browse section underneath the search box and click Geography.
- OR From the menu choose Browse > Artstor Collections then click Geography on the submenu.
- The Browse page will open, displaying a list of country names. The number in parenthesis next to each country name indicates the number of images with that country term applied to the data record.
- You may browse by classification within a country:
- To expand a country name, click the right-arrow (>). A list of classification sub-categories will be displayed.
- To collapse an expanded country, click the down arrow.
- To view the images associated with a country or classification within it, click on the country name or the classification.
Browse by classification from any location in the Digital Library:
- On the landing page of the Digital Library, go to the Browse area in the left panel and click Classification.
From the menu choose Browse > Artstor Collections then click Classification in the submenu.
- The Browse page will open, displaying sixteen classification categories. The numbers in parenthesis indicate how many images are contained within each classification.
- You may browse by geography within a classification:
- To expand a classification, click the right arrow. A list of relevant country names will display beneath the parent category.
- To collapse an expanded classification, click the down arrow.
- To view the images associated with a classification or country within it, click the classification or country name.
Teaching Resources provides image groups to start your real-world application of Digital Library content for research and teaching.
Browse Teaching Resources from any location in the Digital Library:
- On the front page of the Digital Library, go to the Browse area on the left side and click Teaching Resources.
- From the menu choose Browse > Artstor Collections then click Teaching Resources in the submenu.
- The Browse page will open, displaying categories available:
- AP® Teaching Resources
- Art and Architecture Overviews
- Case Studies
- Curriculum Guides
- Illustrated Essays & Guest Lecture
- Studio Art
- Sample Lesson Plans
- Social Studies and Humanities Overviews
To view Groups in these categories
Click the right arrow next to the category and keep expanding, using these arrows, until the image group name is shown. The number in parenthesis after the group name indicates how many items are in this group.
AP® Teaching Resources – These image groups support the curriculum frameworks for the Advanced Placement® Art History, European History and US History courses with image groups, accompanying essays, and links to other resources.
- To view an AP image group, click the right arrow to expand the group structure, and then click the image group name to open it.
Art and Architecture Overviews – These overviews are divided into two, broad categories:
- Art and Architecture, Periods and Cultures
- Art and Architecture, Themes
In each of these categories, you will find image groups that mix iconic images with other selections that are meant to trigger new ideas and provoke deeper research. Each Sample Topic is intended to be an inclusive, rather than comprehensive, introduction to a particular subject or discipline. We encourage you to use these Sample Topics to search and browse for more images related to these and other subjects in the Digital Library.
Case Studies – These case studies are composed of one or more image groups and essays demonstrating the creative ways subscribers are using the Artstor Digital Library in their teaching, research, and scholarship. Contributors include winners of the Artstor Travel Awards 2010-2013.Categories here include:
- STEM to STEAM
- Art History
- Architecture and Urban Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Performing Arts & Humanities
Curriculum Guides – these groups contain selected images for teaching courses and have been curated by experts in their field. Each guide includes a course syllabus outlining topics and themes, a set of images for each theme, and a description of how the images can be used in that course.
Illustrated Essays & Guest Lectures – These inquiries provide personalized perspectives on wide-ranging topics. The essays exploit the potential of abundant and specific imagery to illuminate a theme. Contributors, both from our wider community, and in-house, elucidate a particular expertise or interest. While the emphasis of the essays may be more editorial than academic, many provide links to scholarly sources.
Studio Art – These image groups support teaching studio art courses with roughly 25-40 images per group, which illustrate examples of different qualities in art. The STEM to STEAM image group offers images that bridge the gap between art and science.
Sample Lesson Plans – Our sample lesson plans can help teachers use images to engage students in the classroom. This growing set of plans is intended to stimulate meaningful teaching with streamlined preparation.
Social Studies and Humanities Overviews – A growing number of image groups (containing 100 images each) that illustrate topics as diverse as the environment and the Renaissance. While some subjects – Women’s Studies, Anthropology, and Music History, among others – reflect academic guidelines, others present an eclectic panorama on a niche topic, as for example, Food and Culinary Arts, and the History of Medicine and Natural Science. Given that these topics range beyond traditional subject matter, they feature the unexpected and stimulate interdisciplinary thinking.
If your institution subscribes to Shared Shelf, you can browse institutional collections alongside content from the Digital Library. Click here for a full list of subscribers.
From the landing page of the Digital Library:
- The lower left panel shows list of Shared Shelf Institutional Collections. Click on any of the collection titles listed here.
- From the menu choose Browse > Institutional Collections and select (or expand using the right-arrow) a collection.
Please note: If your institution does not participate in Shared Shelf you will not see these options.
- Log in to your Artstor account. Click here for instructions on how to register for an account.
- Click Browse > My collections
- Expand My Personal Collection to view the contents, by clicking on the right-arrow. If you don’t see any of this title, you haven’t created a Personal Collection yet.
- Log in to your Artstor account so you can view all of the image groups that are available to you. See this page for instructions on how to register for an Artstor account.
- On the landing page of the Digital Library, Image Groups can be found under the top Browse menu, or Browse on the left panel.
- Select a Group type to view the list of titles within: Private, Institutional, Artstor Curated, or Shared with me.
- Group names will display on the right, and associated tags will be listed on the left. Click on a tag or tags to filter groups from view. Multiple tag selections will limit the group list. To remove a tag from your filter, click the X following it.
- Page through longer lists of groups using the navigation arrows on the right.
- Click a group name to open it.