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Artstor Access and Help

Downloading Images from Artstor

Download a single image:

Log in to the Artstor Digital Library.

Single click on any thumbnail.

Click the Download button.

Accept the Terms and Conditions of Use.

Create your own image groups

Visual Literacy & Arts Librarian

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Robert Simon
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What is Artstor?

The Artstor Digital Library is an image database featuring an unparalleled range of images from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists in one easily-navigated repository. It is the most comprehensive image resource available for educational and scholarly use, with many rare and important collections available nowhere else. 

This resource is constantly growing with new collections added monthly, continually expanding our areas of reference and study. All images are accompanied by comprehensive metadata and are rights-cleared for educational use.  

Enter the Artstor Digital Library & Register for an Account

Please choose one of the following methods to enter/access the Artstor Digital Library, regardless of whether you are on or off campus:

  1. one of the Artstor links on this guide.
  2. from the Holy Cross Libraries' A-Z Database list

If you are off campus, after you proceed with one of the selections above, you will be prompted to enter your Holy Cross username and password.

To take advantage of all that Artstor has to offer, you must become a registered user.  
Once you have entered the Artstor Digital Library, click "Register" at the top right.

Finding your instructor's image groups in Artstor

In the Artstor Digital Library locate image groups by following this path 

Browse > Image Groups

from the pull down menu on the Artstor Digital Library home page.

By default (when not logged in), the next page displays "Institutional" groups -- those viewable by all users at the College of the Holy Cross -- and this is exactly where you want to be.  If you are logged in, the page will default to "My groups."  Choose "Institutional."

Creators of image groups assign tags to their groups, and these tags often correspond to a course taught at Holy Cross.

The tag list is not alphabetical.  Instead it is organized based on how many image groups are associated with each tag.  The tag associated with the most image groups is at the top of the list.  

Click on a tag name in the Arstor Digital Library.
The next webpage to load will show you all the image groups associated with that tag.
Click on an image group name to view the images within.

How to use Artstor to study for an exam entirely online

To study the images online:

  1. With an image group open, single click on the first thumbnail image.
  2. Mouse over the enlarged image and click the full screen button  fullscreen  in the toolbar.
  3. At the bottom right of the full screen image, click on the light gray words "QUIZ MODE OFF" to activate Quiz Mode.
  4. Scroll through the images using the arrow in the bottom toolbar of the full screen view.
  5. Click "QUIZ MODE ON/OFF" to check your answers and to move back and forth between showing and hiding the captions.


Print or Save as a PDF

With an image group open...

Click Share > Print Group from the pull down menu at the top of the Artstor Digital Library page.

A new, "printer friendly" browser window will open that contains thumbnails of the images accompanied by Title, Creator, and Date, when available/provided.

Use the web browser's menu to bring up Print options.  Select a printer or save as a pdf.  Create physical flash cards by cutting up and folding printed pages.