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Hist 18A Assignment

Find and Cite an Image from Artstor
  1. Follow the instructions on this page for searching Artstor. 
  2. Search for an image with no creator/artist name listed, such as a cultural artifact or ceramic pottery.
  3. When you find an image you like, click on it.
  4. Then click on the print button to print out a page containing the image as well as the item details you will need to create your citation.
  5. Cite your image in MLA style using the information provided with the image. See page 2 of the handout on this page called How to Cite an Image Using MLA.
  6. Print your citation and attach it to your image. Turn this in to Prof. Torres.


A digital library of more than two million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. Collections consist of contributions from museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists/artists' estates.

How to Search ARTstor:

1. Go to the Library's Articles & Databases page.

2. Click on Artstor.

3. Search by artist name, title of artwork or keywords.

4. Click on the image and enlarge for full resolution.

5. Look to the right side of the image for accurate information about the artist, medium, and dates of the work.

6. Hover over the image and click on the expanding arrows to see the image full screen.

7. You can also use the Browse function and select any of the options, including Artstor Collections where you can select Teaching Resources and click through to "Art and Architecture Overviews" where you'll find illustrated guides to periods and cultures.

For more information on how to use ARTstor, go to the ARTstor Support pages.

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