ARTstor & JSTOR Forum
Purchase College Library subscribes to ARTstor, a digital library of more than one million “images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.” The Digital Collections Center provides training and support in this valuable resource. ARTstor allows you to:
- Browse content by collection, classification, or geography
- Search content by keyword or advanced search terms (e.g., date and geographic origin)
- Sort search results by date, creator, or title
- View images and image data
- Zoom in on and pan images for greater detail
- Print and save images and related data to other hardware (e.g. CD, memory stick, hard drive)
- Create groups of images for future retrieval and presentation
- Organize image groups into shared folders
- Direct other ARTstor users to images or image groups
- Upload personal images and sound files to the ARTstor platform
- Export presentation-sized images to your computer, and and saved image groups directly to PowerPoint and to ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool
- Save citations for images or image groups, and email or print these, as well as export them directly into EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks, Reference Manager, or a text file
JSTOR Forum (formally Shared Shelf)
JSTOR Forum is a content management system that allows members of the Purchase community to access locally created digital collections through the ARTstor Digital Library interface. Digital collections in Forum are available only to the Purchase College community and are primarily used as a teaching resource. Purchase’s Forum collection has been developed in connection with the curricular research needs of faculty and staff.
Forum allows us to:
- publish teaching resources, providing a single point of access for art history visuals, videoed college lectures, audio oral histories, and textual archives from the Library
- produce authoritative metadata for collections digitized here at Purchase
- publish digital collections that Purchase owns full copyright to ARTstor’s Public Collections.
The work of the DCC, and subsequently any additional development of Forum, is currently suspended due to lack of staff in the DCC. Please address any questions concerning the DCC and its projects to Mustafa Sakarya, Library Director.
ARTstor has excellent help documentation available on their website. The most important things to know first about ARTstor:
- Access to ARTstor is limited to faculty, staff, and students on the Purchase campus and off-campus with Purchase College credentials. To access ARTstor, please visit Databases by Title or this custom link.
- ARTstor is a heterogeneous collection of collections. ARTstor gets its digital images and associated descriptive information from a variety of sources, such as museums, archives, collectors, and vendors. Because cataloging standards can vary from collection to collection, it is important to remember that search results can at times be inconsistent. Some images are cataloged with more detailed and granular records than others, and spelling may not always conform to the same standards (such as “thangka” and “tanka”). It’s best to begin a search with broad parameters and narrow it as needed, and consider possible alternate spellings of names and terms.