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Art: Finding Images

A research guide for Art from West Chester University Libraries

Digital Images

The library has the ARTstor database, which specializes in high quality images of works of art, archaeological sites and artifacts, and architecture.

If you need help getting started with ARTstor, they have a Help Page that includes video demonstrations, handouts, and frequently asked questions.  For a training session (either for an individual or for a class) contact Rachel McMullin, the library's subject coordinator for Art.

Google Images

Searching Google Images is another good way to find images.  I suggest going straight to the Advanced Search Screen.  The advanced search allows you to limit your search by file type, size, and content type.  Also, you can limit your search to images that have a type of copyright that allows reuse (see the box in the right-hand column for a brief description of copyright).

Digitizing Print Images

FH Green library has a large collection of art books.  We also have a scanner available in the IMC (first floor of the library) that you can use to make .JPG file of an image.  Use of the scanner is free and you can save images to a USB drive or email them to yourself.

For search tips on finding books, go to the Finding Books tab.

Contact Information

Rachel McMullin

Contact Info:
(610) 738-0510
FH Green Library, Room 209



When using images, please remember that most images are protected by copyright, whether they are print or digital. Whether in print or digital format; found online, in a database, a book, or a journal, copyright means that someone owns the rights to use the image and has exclusive rights to decide whether to allow others to use it, and to collect fees or license the use of the image.  Fair Use is an exception to copyright law that allows use copyrighted materials, including images, for educational purposes.  Teachers may use images in class and students may use them for class projects. Even when using images for class projects, it is standard practice to provide a citation stating where the image was found.  If you want to use an image beyond the educational setting (such as publishing an image or using it as part of a public display or performance) you need to contact the owner of the image and ask for permission to use it.

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