About Browsing in the 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.
On this page:
Browse Artstor Content
Browse Institutional and Personal Content
Browse by Collection
Browse by collection from any location in the Digital Library:
- On the landing page of the Digital Library, go to the Browse area footer and click Collection.
From the menu choose Browse > Artstor Collections then click Collection in the sub-menu (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.
Browse by Geography
You can begin to browse from any location in the Digital Library
- On the front page of the Digital Library, go to Browse section in the footer and click Geography.
- OR From the menu choose Browse > Artstor Collections then click Geography on the sub-menu.
- 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
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 footer and click Classification.
From the menu choose Browse > Artstor Collections then click Classification in the sub-menu.
- 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.
Browse Teaching Resources
Teaching Resources provides 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 in the footer and click Teaching Resources.
From the menu choose Browse > Artstor Collections then click Teaching Resources in the submenu.
To view Groups in these categories
Use the following tags to filter your view of the list of groups. To quickly navigate to a particular tag, use the CTRL or CMD keys + F and then type in the tag name.
AP® – These Groups support the curriculum frameworks for the Advanced Placement® Art History, European History and US History courses with Groups, accompanying essays, and links to other resources.
Art History, Architecture and the Built Environment – With each of these tags, you will find Groups that mix iconic images with other selections that are meant to trigger new ideas and provoke deeper research. Each group is intended to be an inclusive, rather than comprehensive, introduction to a particular subject or discipline. We encourage you to use these groups to search and browse for more images related to these and other subjects in the Digital Library.
Case Studies – Use the tag Case Studies to filter to 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. Groups here include the topics of:
- STEM to STEAM
- Art History
- Architecture and Urban Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Performing Arts & Humanities
Curriculum Guides – these 144 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 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 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.
Humanities – A growing number of 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.
Browse Institutional Collections
If your institution subscribes to JSTOR Forum, 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 right panel shows a list of your Institutional Collections (you must be logged in or on a campus network). Click on any of the collection titles listed here.
- From the menu choose Browse > Institutional Collections and select a collection.
Please note: If your institution does not participate in JSTOR Forum you will not see these options.
Browse Personal Collection
- Log in to your Artstor account. Click here for instructions on how to register for an account.
- Click Browse > My Collections
- Click Personal Collections to view the contents.
- Log in to your Artstor account so you can view all of the Groups that are available to you. See our "How to register for an account" for instructions on how to register for an Artstor account.
- On the landing page of the Digital Library, Groups can be found under the top Browse menu, or Browse in the footer.
- 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 on a group name to open it.
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