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Using ArtStor at ASU

A guide to Artstor--quality art images for your research

Advanced Searching

Advanced Search:

The following is exerpted from the ARTstor Help wiki:

Begin an Advanced Search from any location in ARTstor:

    On the front page of the Digital Library, click advanced search beneath the Keyword Search box in the upper left corner.


    On a search results page, click Advanced search beneath the Keyword Search box in the upper right corner. You may also click the Advanced Search button.


    Go to the ARTstor navigation menu and click Find > Advanced search.

In this interface, you can narrow your search to a specific collection, object classification or geographic area (continents and countries). Use CTRL + click while clicking in a list to make multiple selections (maximum of 5).

You can narrow your search by date or a date range.

Using the drop-down menus in the top left of the Advanced Search interface, you can search for terms in any field of the object record, or exclusively in the title or creator field. Choose Boolean operators (And, Or, Not) from the drop-down menus to the left of the search boxes.

You can enter multiple words in each search box. As in the Basic Search, AND is the default Boolean operator.

Sample Searches:

  • Search for Watteau as Creator and Judgment of Paris as Title.
  • Search for Bodhisattvas silk in any field. Select the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive collection.
  • Search for: “Birth of the Virgin” as Title
  • Ghirlandaio as Creator “Scala archives” in any field
  • Search for: Mantegna “ovetari chapel” in any field date range: 1445-1450 limit by Geography: Italy

Searching Notes and Comments:

If you have added notes or commentary to image records that you have saved, it is possible to search the text of these notes by doing the following:

  1. Go to the ARTstor navigation menu and click Find > Search notes.
  2. In the new window that opens, enter keyword(s) in the search box. Choose whether to search all notes, or limit the search to Personal notes ("My notes"), Instructor notes, or Student notes by clicking the corresponding checkboxes.
  3. Click Search. Your search results will display as thumbnails. To view the notes, click the caption beneath a thumbnail to open the data window. Click the tab that corresponds to the type of notes that you would like to view: Personal notes, Instructor notes, and/or Student notes.

N.B. It takes a few hours for new note entries to appear in the search results.

More on searching ARTstor (from the ARTstor Help wiki)

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