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ARTstor now available on-campus and off-campus

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Senufo, Pelerova Masker, 1979. Tiasso, Côte d'Ivoire. Photographed by Herbert Cole.

Senufo, Pelerova Masker, 1979. Tiasso, Côte d'Ivoire. Photographed by Herbert Cole.


Following a successful trial, Pepperdine University Libraries have subscribed to ARTstor,  a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Its community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates.  Collections are useful for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

Katsushika Hokusai; Kanagarwa-oki nami ura  (c., 1830-32 )

Subject Guides highlight featured collections and  provide search tips plus suggested search terms.  For example, the Asian Studies handout highlights ARTstor content related to the history and culture of Asia, as illustrated by works of art and architecture, from traditional forms to contemporary works, as well as photographs of historical events and figures.


For full functionality, once logged in you must register for an individual account.

  • Remote Access
    Users can create a registered user account when accessing ARTstor from a valid IP address (either on campus or through a proxy server). Each registered user account allows for a 120-day Remote Access Period during which it may be used to access ARTstor from any computer. Each time a user logs in to his or her account from an authenticated IP address, the 120-day period is reset. Registration details.
  • ARTstor Mobile
    ARTstor is accessible to registered users on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The mobile site allows registered users to search, browse, and view previously created image groups. ARTstor Mobile also provides a Flashcard View. Mobile help.

Instructors wishing to share ARTstor content with students through local courseware systems such as Blackboard, WebCT, Sakai, or Moodle can do so in a variety of ways.  Students can enhance Power Point presentations with ARTstor images. Permitted and prohibited uses are succinctly summarized.

For faster access on-campus, use this link:  http://www.artstor.org and click on ‘Enter Here”

Learn more about the history and mission of ARTstor in this UTube video Introduction to ARTstor with Neil Rudenstine and James Shulman.

Keep up to date with new additions and ideas for teaching and scholarship by reading the ARTstor Blog.

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