All of us have been in the position of needing images for a paper or presentation and not knowing where to get them. Of course the Art Library is overflowing with books featuring beautiful color images, but at the last minute who has time to pour through shelves of books? Ultimately, some of us result to using Google, but an easier, better solution exists: ARTstor.
According to the website, “ARTstor is a digital library of approximately 750,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.” It is a conglomeration of image collections from museums, individuals, scholars, libraries, and photo archives. The images in these collections are relevant to researchers in any field, even outside of the arts.
The Oberlin Art Library subscribes to ARTstor, so you simply need to type “ARTstor” into OBIS and click “Connect.” Once in ARTstor you can browse by collection, classification, or geography, or search by keyword. Your results will bring you high quality digital images suitable for any academic pursuit.