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Image Resources

This Library Research Guide is intended as a starting place for UCLA researchers, pointing to resources and strategies for finding and using image resources.

ARTstor Digital Library

ARTstor Guides

Updated and new features:

  • A new IIIF image viewer allows you to view images full screen, and a new comparison mode allows you to compare up to 10 images at once while zooming on details.
  • Anyone with a registered account can share image groups, not just those with instructor privileges. Students can easily share image groups with their teachers and classmates.
  • Image groups can bet set to private or institutional (viewable to everyone at your institution). Private image groups can be shared with select people by sharing the URL. Private image groups shared with you will be saved under the “shared with me” header on the image groups page.
  • Image groups can now be shared across institutions via the URL. Any local images (such as those from your Shared Shelf collections) will not be visible to users at other institutions.
  • Advanced search no longer requires a keyword. You can now select multiple criteria such as date, classification, and geography to view all images in Artstor meeting those criteria.
  • Tags replace the folder system.
  • Image groups open directly from the Digital Library home page under the “Image Groups” header.
  • Images open on the detail page (instead of a pop up window), with metadata to the right of the image. You can link directly to this page.
  • Links saved on LibGuides, course websites, etc. will redirect to the new site.
  • Image detail views saved into groups will revert to the full version of the image. You cannot currently save details to groups. This functionality will return soon.
  • The platform is now mobile-friendly. Save image groups from your iPad!
  • Uploading of OIV presentations into personal collections has been retired. If you need to share OIV presentations with students, please convert them to PDFs.

ARTstor Video Tutorials

ARTstor provides tutorials via YouTube that show users how to: create an ARTstor account, download images for a PowerPoint presentation, and create an image group.

ARTstor Blog

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What can you do in ARTstor?

  • Keyword search
  • Advanced search
  • Browse by collection (image repository), classification (media), or geographic location
  • Sort search results by date, creator, or title
  • View images and image data
  • Zoom in on and pan images
  • Print and save images and related data to other hardware (e.g. CD, memory stick, hard drive)
  • Organize images into groups
  • Upload and manage personal images and sound files in ARTstor
  • Save and share images, image details, and image groups
  • Download single images or download a group of images as a zip file
  • Download images to PowerPoint
  • Generate citations or index Artstor content with Zotero

ARTstor can be accessed on-campus through the UCLA Wireless Network and through on-campus computers. Off-campus use can be accessed by setting up proxy access.

Tip: Note that in order to download images or save images to groups, you must first register with ARTstor and log in to your account. All you need to register is an email account.

ARTstor Terms and Conditions

When you are using ARTstor, you are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use, which ask you to limit your use of ARTstor images to non-commercial, educational, and scholarly activities.

For example, you may download a copy of an ARTstor image to illustrate a research paper or include in a classroom presentation.

You may not post an ARTstor image on an unrestricted web site that is not password-protected or access-restricted. For further guidance on the Permitted and Prohibited Uses of ARTstor images, please see their page on Terms and Conditions of Use.

Some images include the "IAP" note below the image. These images have additional permissions for academic publications. Read about the IAP initiative for further information.

Images in Artstor's Public Collections are made publicly accessible free of charge, however, content may be protected by copyright or other restrictions.