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Intro to Images

Digital images can be found in so many places, but art scholars need high quality images from reputable sources to do their best work.  Just because an image appears on the internet, does not mean it is a true representation of the original image. Often images can be cropped, presented in detail, appropriated, and altered in ways that make them inaccurate from their original state.

Start your search for images first by using the databases to the upper right. These databases hold millions of high quality images from reputable sources.  If your search does not yield results, contact a librarian for other ways to find your image.  Images can often be located in books on the shelf and can then be scanned and used for educational purposes.

Buch von den Erfindern der Dinge, Augsburg. Workshop of Hyperbios
(The Greek Hyperbios as invertor of the potter's wheel). woodcut, 1537
Image courtesy of Universal Images Group


    Citation Guide Online

    Check out this helpful "Citing Online Image Guide" from State College of Florida Libraries.

    Image Resources

    Below are a selection of subscription and open-access digital image databases:

    • ARTstor
      ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than two million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images
    • Britannica ImageQuest
      Access more than two million rights-cleared images from over 50 of the best collections in the world, including Universal Images Group, Bridgeman Art Library, and Getty Images.
    • Boston Museum of Fine Arts Collections Online
      Search collections by broad subject areas, or by keywords.
    • British Museum Online Collection Database
      Over one million digital images of objects in the collection of the British Museum
    • Library of Congress American Memory Project
      American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
    • Metropolitan Museum of Art collection database
      The Collection Database is a searchable database of artworks and related materials from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • New York Public Library Digital Gallery
      NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

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    Helpful Hints- MLA Style for Citing Images

    • For images reproduced in the text:
      • Have a figure number, abbreviated as "Fig. 1" for example.
      • Include artist's name, title of work (italicized), date of composition, medium of the reproduction and complete publication information of the source, including page, figure or plate numbers.
      • Medium of original work may be included.
    • For images referenced in a text:
      • Include them in Works Cited list without figure numbers.
      • List artist's name, title of work (italicized), date of composition, medium and name of institution that houses the collection.
    • Including URLs in citations of online resources is optional.
    • Be consistent with caption display choices throughout your paper or slideshow.

    Works referenced in text

    Hockney, David. My Parents. 1977. Oil on canvas. Trustees of the Tate Gallery, London.

    Image scanned from a book reproduced in a text

    Fig. 1. David Hockney. My Parents. 1977. Trustees of the Tate Gallery, London.  David HockneyNew York: Abbeville Press, 1995. Plate 54. Print.

    Image downloaded from ARTstor reproduced in a text

    Fig. 2. David Hockney. Double Entrance. 1993-1995. Oil on canvas. ARTstor. ARTstor, Inc., New York, New York. Web. 4 March. 2014. <>. Digital Image.


    Image downloaded from a museum website reproduced in a text

    Fig. 3. David Hockney. Mt. Fuji and Flowers. 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 121.9 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Web. 4 March. 2014. Digital Image.


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      How to Use ARTstor and ImageQuest

      You will need a Teti Library account (with 14 digit barcode) to remotely access ARTstor and Britannica ImageQuest.  Contact the Library Service Desk if you require assistance.


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