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Researching an Artist

Finding Images

You may need to locate artwork for research or for a research paper or presentation. There are several methods to locate artwork that is freely available to use. Remember that you must obey copyright when obtaining images. Use the following tips and resources to help locate artwork that you may download. Be sure to always check the page and the image for any conditions on its use. Common conditions include not using it for a commercial business and providing credit/attribution.

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This library database is a collection of hundreds of thousands of digital art images, including basic information about each piece. These images may be used for research papers and class presentations, if they are properly credited.

Note: You will need to create and use your own unique Artstor account to explore this collection. Use the "Link a New Account" to create your Artstor account.

Finding Images by an Artist

  1. Click Advanced Search.
    Advanced Search link
  2. Type in the name of your artist and change the drop-down box to Creator.
    Creator = leonardo da vinci

Finding Images by Date

  1. Click Advanced Search.
  2. Change the drop-down to Date and type in a year or date range.

Google Images is a subset of Google's search engine that allows you to search for pictures. Not all search results are free to use; be sure to look at copyright and fair use guidelines, and always give credit.

Limit By License

  1. Type in your search terms and hit search.
    Google search: terracotta warriors
  2. Click the Tools option above the search results.
    Tools option in Google Images
  3. Under Usage Rights, choose Creative Commons licenses.
    Usage Rights options

Please keep in mind that most Creative Commons licenses require attribution.

Limit to High Quality Images

  1. Type in your search terms and hit search.
    Google search for: terracotta warriors
  2. Choose the Search Tools option, located above the results.
    Tools option in Google Images
  3. Under Size, choose Large.
    Google Images size limits

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