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artstor logoWelcome to the Artstor Research Guide!

This guide will help you navigate and utilize the image database Artstor for your art, architecture, fashion, humanities, social sciences and photography research. 

What is Artstor?

Artstor is a database that contains more than one million images of art, architecture, the humanities, the social sciences and photography which span various cultures and time periods.

Access Artstor from the Mesa Library homepage

  • Click on Article and Reference Databases

  • Click on Show All Databases A-Z or on the Art Subject/Category

  • Click on Artstor

If accessing Artstor from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your CSID and last name.


Searching Artstor

Keyword Search

  1. Enter keyword(s) in the search box and the search icon.
  2. The results will be returned as thumbnail images.
  3. Refine your search by entering another search term and clicking on the Within this search result box.

Advanced Search features 

  • Change the In Any Field drop-down box to limit your search by Title, Creator, Material, Culture or other the relevant
  • Limit by date
  • Under the Classification section on the right, you can limit your search to  a particular art-form

For more ideas, check out Artstor's Subject Guides: 


Artstor How-to Videos

Artstor How-To Videos

Artstor How-To Videos