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Image Databases

In addition to searching the open web, try these licensed databases  to find images.


ARTstor is a large collection of digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.  Click on the ARTstor logo to begin your search.

Sample Searches:


  • Edvard Munch
  • Harriet Backer
  • Vilhelm Hammershøi
  • William Hogarth

Name of Play:

  • Hedda Gabler
  • She Stoops to Conquer
  • Misanthrope

Capturing Images

You can use the Snip & Sketch Tool in Microsoft Office to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image.

To capture a snip

  • Open Snip & Sketch Tool by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Snip & Sketch.
  • Click the arrow next to the New button, select a snip type from the menu, and then use your mouse to capture a snip.
To save a snip
  • Click the Save Snip button.
  • In the Save As dialog box, enter a name for the snip, choose a location to save the snip in, and then click Save.

Searching ARTstor

There are two main methods of finding images in ARTstor: searching or browsing.

Browsing by Geography

On the front page of the Digital Library, go to Browse area in the lower left corner and click Geography.


Go to the ARTstor navigation menu and click Find > Browse ARTstor by > Geography.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 (-).
  3. To view the images associated with a country or classification within it, double-click on the country name or the classification.

Keyword Searching

Use the keyword search to run a basic search for images. If you retrieve too many images, you can refine your search.

  1. Enter another search term and from the drop-down options choose Within this search result. Click Go.
  2. Or you can filter by selecting classifications, geographic locations, or dates, when applicable.

Advanced Searching

The advanced search option allows you to narrow your results by:

  • words and phrases
  • date
  • geography
  • classification

Image Search Engines & Collections

Online Image Sources

If you're searching for furniture from another country, use search terms both in English and the vernacular. For example, if you're searching the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection for French chairs, search both chair and chaise or both sofa and settee. The same goes for searching international resources where they have an English option and a vernacular option. Search both the English term and its vernacular counterpart. If you're searching the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum for chairs, search both stol (Norwegian) and chair, both bord and table. You may also want to use words that denote the inside of a house, like room or interior, for example.

Use Google Translate to find vernacular terms for English objects.

Image Collections