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ART103-B | Learning to See: Histories of Art & Architecture in the Western Tradition

A research guide for Professor Rauser's section of ART103, to help with classwork and research, especially for your DIY Art History Timeline and Mapping an Artwork assignments.

Image Information

Remember, as you're researching, it's important to keep track of information for each image that you come across. Below is a list of information that you should record. 

Information to Collect: 

  • Image creator's name (artist, photographer, etc.)

  • Title of the image

  • Date the image (or work represented by the image) was created

  • Institution (gallery, museum) where the image is located / owned (if applicable)

  • Date of access (the date you accessed the online image)

  • Website and/or Database name

Using Images: Copyright & Fair Use

Remember that it's just as necessary to cite your images as it is to cite scholarly papers and books in your academic work. Always check the particular citation style that you're using to ensure you're giving proper credit to the image creator. 

In most academic work that is released to a global audience, i.e. a published book or article, the author(s) must obtain the rights to any photographs or images featured. This can be as simple as obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, or can often mean paying a fee to use the image. For your own work here at F&M, your use of images generally falls under Fair Use, as long as it's for your classwork or a closed class presentation. Always check in with your librarian to make sure you're using images ethically! 

Image Databases

Image Databases through F&M

The first list of resources below are image-heavy resources that are provided to you through subscription by the College Library. Most require a login, or for you to access the database from the College wireless network. 



Freely Available Image Databases

The second list of resources listed below are databases or repositories of images that have been made publicly available to anyone with access to a computer and the Internet. Remember to always check the rights statement before using an image on these repositories - just because it's online, doesn't mean it's free to use. 


Artstor is a great image database, with over 2 million high-quality images that you can access anywhere through the Library's subscription. In order to take full advantage of the collections and features of Artstor, you do need to sign up for an account. 

When you login to Artstor, either at http://library.artstor.org or through the F&M Library homepage, this is the home screen you will see: 


From here, you can search the Artstor database by keyword, or advanced search, and navigate your own collections.