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Find more information to describe your image record by using the Google Image Search feature in Shared Shelf! Even better, you can use this feature to find alternative views or higher quality images for uploading and publishing to your collection. Here’s how:

  1. Open a single record with an image file uploaded.
  2. In the Edit tab, select the Option menu above the media window, and click “Search Image in Google.”
  3. A new browser tab will open to a Google results page displaying the results of the search.

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Vittore Carpaccio; Vision of Saint Augustine, detail showing dog and signature; c. 1502. (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y. Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com; scalarchives.com

Learn how you can share links to images and image groups in the Artstor Digital Library with a special URL! There are two options available: one links to the Image Viewer and one links to the thumbnail page. Here’s how to access them:

Open your image group, then from the Share menu, choose “Generate image group URL.” Copy and paste the first link to share the group in the Image Viewer, or copy and paste the third link to share the group thumbnail page. After all, happiness is sharing (and a warm puppy, as Charles Schulz liked to say).

Learn more about sharing Artstor content with others at your institution on our Support site.

Gretchen Witthuhn, User Relations Manager

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We are introducing a new resource featuring more than 75 images on the topic of biomimicry. Find it in the Artstor Digital Library’s Teaching Resources area: Teaching Resources > Case Studies > STEM to STEAM > Stem to Steam: The Anatomy of Design

 

Title: Flying Man, Model of Leonardo's Invention; Image ID: SCAL

After Leonardo da Vinci; original design: c. 1488; Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnica “Leonardo da Vinci”. Image and original data provided by (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com; scalarchives.com

Throughout history we have looked to nature to define and devise systems of design. Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man embodies the dominance of the concept of anthropomorphic balance during the Renaissance. The perfect proportions of man are contained within the ideal geometric shapes of the square and the circle, as if the artist had given graphic proof to the metaphysical declaration of the Greek philosopher Protagoras: man is the measure of all things. Consider our units of measurement, such as the foot and the cubit (from the Latin for forearm) established by the ancients, the braccio (Italian for arm), the pouce (French for thumb, meaning inch), whereby mathematical ratios in architecture were based on the proportions of the human figure.

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Love LibGuides? We do too. We’re thrilled to announce our new LibGuides aimed at helping students, faculty, and even librarians get started–or become experts–using the Artstor Digital Library. View them on our home page at artstor.libguides.com, and please feel free to reuse them as you see fit; you have our permission!

Our faculty guide covers everything faculty need to know about presenting and teaching with Artstor Digital Library–from giving presentations using the tools within the database to sources for information about using primary source materials in the classroom. Also included are tips for faculty looking to support their students’ research habits, including links to the Library of Congress’ page on citing images, and in-resource tools like the citation generator and image download features.

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Missed our #ColorMyArtstor postcards at the ALA conference? Not to worry, you can print your own! Visit the Promoting Artstor section on our Support site and download the full set of five! There you will also find downloadable posters, bookmarks, brochures, and logos to let everyone know that your institution subscribes to Artstor.

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Teaching Resources

Did you know that you can easily customize any one of our image groups by adding or removing images to make it exactly what you need?

Begin by opening an image group, such as Cities and Urban Planning from our Teaching Resources (pictured above). From the Organize menu, choose Save image group as. Once you’ve named and saved your image group, you can then remove any images from the group, add your own content from your personal collection or from the Digital Library, and voilà!

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You have questions and Artstor’s Support site has answers! Want to know how to log in from home? Or how to access the Digital Library on your smartphone? Start with our Quick Start Guide. Prefer to watch your instructions? We have you covered. We also have advice on approved image uses, troubleshooting, and much more.

There’s no need to bookmark the site; you can always find the Help link in the top navigation bar of both artstor.org and the Artstor Digital Library.

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