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ARTstor is an online resource with over one million images for use in coursework. This guide will help you with searching and saving its images or with its other many tools.
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Access and system requirements


ARTstor is accessible through the SMU Libraries catalog under the Online Resources or at .  If you are accessing ARTstor through the catalog from an off-campus computer, you will be prompted by SMU's proxy server to login with your 14-digit ID and last name, or SMU ID and password. 


There are three levels of access in ARTstor. 

  • Unregistered user - you may search and browse ARTstor's images without registering.
  • Registered user - for all other features and tools, you must register on the ARTstor homepage using a SMU computer with your e-mail address and password that you create. Each time after registration, you will login with this information.
  • Instructor priveleges - this level of access allows instructors to create shared folders for teaching or class projects. Contact Beverly Mitchell.


To use all of ARTstor's features, pop-up blockers must either be disabled or set to allow pop-ups from ARTstor.  How do I disable pop-up blockers? 

Please see System Requirements for other technical questions about accessing ARTstor.

Need more help?  Contact Beverly Mitchell.


About this guide

ARTstor contains over one million images of art, architecture, photography, sculpture and documents related to several disciplines in the arts, humanities, and science.  Images are for the purpose of scholarly use - teaching and research.  They may be used in classroom presentations, study guides, and scholarly projects.  Students may use these images in their papers, provided that they cite them using the correct citation style for their assignment.  This guide will help you get started searching ARTstor and using its various tools for saving and presenting these images.

The content in this guide is divided into sections. Please use the tabs above to find information appropriate for your needs.  If you would like to share your thoughts about this guide, I would appreciate your comments in the feedback form on the bottom right of this page.


ARTstor - Getting started

The ARTstor homepage has four drop-down menus for learning about this database.  Using ARTstor has links to pages for navigating it and using its features, such as saving images into a personal folder.

To begin searching for images, select the orange Go button on the top right of the homepage.  It will take you to its digital library page from which you can do most of the tasks you'd like to do in ARTstor. 

Other ways to learn about ARTstor include online tutorials, announcements, instructional videos on YouTube , or news on Facebook.  You may also visit the list of features and tools or FAQs

ARTstor also has a help index so that you may search for help with your specific questions.


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