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Using Artstor to Research Art History Topics

How it Works

If you have watched the tutorial video on the first page of this guide you will know that the most important organizing feature of the Artstor database is creating groups. Groups come in three main types; those personally created by students or faculty and set to be private, those created by students and faculty available to anyone, called Institutional, and groups created by Artstor.

From the Home page, once you have logged in, (see previous page regarding accessing and creating an account in Artstor), scroll down to Image Groups or go to Image Groups, as pictured below:

The main UML Groups page, as of November, 2017 is pictured below:

Artstor Curated Groups

The groups available to students and faculty which have been created by Artstor may be of the greatest value. There are hundreds of titles, on all aspects of art and architecture throughout world history, and the groups are fully customizable. 

On the Artstor group page you will see a list of tags listed in purple at the left. Each tag is connected to it's own set of group titles. Tagging is important in using Artstor, for ensuring retrieval of groups and images.

You can click on a title, then make a copy of it. Working within this copy you can add, delete and rearrange images. The process is simple.

The image below is the Artstor curated Group screen with a number of tags selected, e.g. Art History, 19th C., Europe, Painting and Impressionism. (You can toggle between different tags to see differing results in the list of groups.)