Browsing allows you to find images in the Digital Library without using a specific search term.  You can browse Digital Library collections by geography, Artstor classification, or collection. You can also use Browse to find images Artstor is featuring as teaching resources, images you or another user have previously saved and organized into image groups and folders, files from your Personal Collections, or local content from your Shared Shelf Institutional Collections.

On this page…
Browse by Geography
Browse by Classification
Browse by Collection
Browse Teaching Resources
Browse Image Groups and Folders
Browse Your Personal Collection
Browse Institutional Collections

Browse by Geography

You can begin to browse from any location in the Digital Library

  1. On the front page of the Digital Library, go to Browse section underneath the search box and click Geography.
  2. OR Go to the navigation menu and click Find > Browse Artstor by> Geography.
  3. 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.
  4. You may browse by classification within a country:
    • To expand a country name, click the plus sign (+). A list of classification sub-categories will be displayed.
    • To collapse an expanded country, click the minus sign (-).
  5. To view the images associated with a country or classification within it, double-click on the country name or the classification.

Browse by Classification

Begin to browse by classification from any location in the Digital Library:

  1. On the front page of the Digital Library, go to the Browse area in the lower left corner and click Classification.
    OR
    Go to the navigation menu and click Find > Browse Artstor by> Classification.
  2. The Browse page will open, displaying sixteen classification categories. The numbers in parenthesis indicate how many images are contained within each classification.
  3. You may browse by geography within a classification:
    • To expand a classification, click the plus sign (+). A list of relevant country names will display beneath the parent category.
    • To collapse an expanded classification, click the minus sign (-).
  4. To view the images associated with a classification or country within it, double-click the classification or country name

Browse by Collection

Begin to browse by collection from any location in the Digital Library:

  1. On the front page of the Digital Library, go to the Browse area in the lower left corner and click Collections.
    OR
    Go to the navigation menu and click Find > Browse Artstor by> Collections.
  2. The Browse page will open, displaying a tree structure for browsing collections. The numbers in parenthesis indicate how many images are contained in each collection.
  3. To view information about a specific collection, click the title. A sample image and a corresponding collection description will appear on the right side of the page.
    • To expand a collection, click the plus sign (+). A list of browsing 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 minus sign (-).
  4. To view the images in a collection or sub-category, double-click the title.

Browse Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources provides image groups to start your real-world application of Digital Library content in research and teaching.

Begin to browse by collection from any location in the Digital Library:

  1. On the front page of the Digital Library, go to the Browse area on the left side and click Teaching Resources.

OR

  1. Go to the navigation menu and click Find > Browse Artstor by> Teaching Resources.
  2. The Browse page will open, displaying an expanded list of Folders:
    • Curriculum Guides
    • Case Studies
    • AP Resources
    • Surveys

To view image groups in these folders

Click the plus sign (+) next to the essay’s folder and then double click on the image group within.

Curriculum Guides – these image 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.

  • To view images for a specific curriculum guide, click the plus sign (+) next to the course’s folder and then double click on the image group within.

Case Studies: Travel Awards and other teaching examples – Travel Awards were presented annually to five winners from 2010-2013. These awards invited participants to submit image groups and essays demonstrating how they use the Digital Library in teaching, research or scholarship.

  • To view a Travel Award image group, click the plus sign (+) next to the essay’s folder and then double click on the image group within.

AP Resources – These image groups support the revised curriculum framework for the Advanced Placement® Art History and US History courses with image groups, accompanying essays, and links to other resources.

  • To view an AP image group, click the plus sign (+) next to the folder title and then double click on the image group within.

Surveys – In each of these folders, you will find subfolders containing 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. Survey content covers:

  • Art and Architecture, Periods and Cultures
  • Art and Architecture, Themes
  • Social Studies and Humanities

Browse Image Groups and Folders

  1. Log in to your Artstor account so you can view all of the image groups and folders that are available to you. Click here for instructions on how to register for an Artstor account.
  2. On the front page of the Digital Library, the Folders and Image Groups area is in the center of the page. Click Open. If you are logged in to your account, you can also go to the My Artstor area on the right side of the screen and click My folders & image groups.
    OR
    Go to the navigation menu and click Organize > Open image group.
  3. A new window will open, displaying a list of the folders available to you. If you are logged in to your account, you will see your personal My Work Folder in this list. If not, you will only have access to the public folders available at your institution. Click the plus sign (+) next to a folder title to expand it and display its contents. To collapse it, click the minus sign (-).
  4. Click an image group name and then click Open at the bottom of the window. The dialog box will close and the contents of the selected group will appear as thumbnails.

Browse your Personal Collection

  1. Log in to your Artstor account. Click here for instructions on how to register for an account.
  2. Click Browse personal collection in the My Artstor section on the front page of the Digital Library.
    OR
    Click Collection in the Browse section in the lower left corner of the front page of the Digital Library. Once on the Browse page, you can click My Personal Collection.
    OR
    Go to the navigational menu and click Find > Browse personal collection.
    Please note: If you don’t see any of these links, you haven’t created a Personal Collection yet.
  3. The page that opens will display the current categories and sub-categories that you have created to organize your collection.
    • The number in parenthesis to the right of each category title indicates how many images are contained in that set.
    • Any category with a plus sign (+) is expandable into sub-categories. Click the plus sign to expand the category. Once expanded, you can click the minus sign (-) to collapse the category.
  4. Double-click the title of a category or sub-category to view the associated images as thumbnails.

Browse Institutional Collections

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 front page of the Digital Library:

  1. In the lower center of the page, you’ll see a list of Shared Shelf Institutional Collections. Click on any of the collection titles listed here.
    OR
  2. Go to the navigation menu and click Find > Browse Shared Shelf institutional collections > and select a collection title.

Please note: If your institution does not participate in Shared Shelf you will not see these options.

  1. The page that opens will display the selected institutional collection and any available sub-categories. To expand a category and display its sub-categories, click the plus sign (+). To collapse an expanded category, click the minus sign (-).
  2. The number in parenthesis next to each category indicates how many images are contained within that category. To view the contents of a category, double-click the category name.