New Interdisciplinary Image Content in ARTstor’s Digital Library

Connecticut College Libraries’ subscription to the ARTstor Digital Library provides the campus community with access to over two million downloadable images. Created to meet the image needs of art and art history departments, ARTstor has radically expanded its interdisciplinary content in recent years. Subject guides point users to content in more than 22 disciplines, including anthropology, women’s studies, American studies, Middle Eastern studies and other area studies. The recent addition of collections by Magnum Photos, Panos Pictures, and Condé Nast brings ARTstor’s photographic collection to over 350,000 pictures and extends the database’s coverage to include documentary photography of historical and recent events, such as political demonstrations worldwide and the ongoing refugee crisis.

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Once a database for art historical images, ARTstor now provides image content covering a wide range of topics across multiple disciplines, as well as subject guides and other teaching resources to help you make use of these interdisciplinary collections.

ARTstor’s webinar offerings provide training and ideas for using the Digital Library to teach with images in many disciplines. The platform’s image-group functionality allows you to create and share collections with your students and download PowerPoint presentations with captions included. If you have any questions about using ARTstor, contact Lyndsay Bratton, Connecticut College’s ARTstor administrator.


Video, Images, and Music, Oh My! Library Resources for Teaching

"Now that we can tell time, I'd like to suggest that we begin imposing deadlines."

You may have noticed that this blog has been silent for a few weeks. This partly has to do with the Thanksgiving break and workload at this time in the semester, but also to the huge amount of information I want to share – I am overwhelmed at the thought of writing (and asking you to read) so many posts!  

As a start, I would like to share some of the great digital resources the library provides and that you might consider incorporating into your classes as you plan for next semester. To learn more about any resource listed here, stop by the reference desk or contact your library liaison.

  • Kanopy: the library’s answer to Netflix! Make time over break to browse this amazing source of high-quality streaming documentary and feature films from such reputable sources as Criterion, California Newsreel, First Run Features and more. You’ll find films on topics such as Black Lives Matter, Transgender Stories, Asian American Studies, Immigration and Identity. Many films also include study guides. As if this weren’t enough, public performance rights are included so any film in the collection can be shown outside of class and open to the community!
  • Have you looked at ARTstor recently? They continue to add amazing content, most recently 18,000 images from Condé Nast, including 3,000 cartoons from The New Yorker (including the cartoon above, without the watermark!). Other interesting and interdisciplinary collections include 53,000 photographs from The Museum of the City of New York, photographs of the AIDS crisis by Thomas McGovern, nearly 3,200 images of Andean ceramics from the Fowler Museum at UCLA, over 3,600 images of non-Western art from the Seattle Art Museum and more. ARTstor’s Subject Guides and Curriculum Guides are useful for navigating the collection.
  • Want to immerse students in a different place or time period? Do you discuss music and culture? American Song includes music by and about Native Americans, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, cowboys and more. For a focus on Jazz music, Naxos Jazz Library includes over 45,000 tracks. Contemporary World Music contains 50,000 tracks from genres such as reggae, worldbeat, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music – Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more. Classical collections include Classical Music Library and Naxos Music Library.

Workshop Recap: You got an iPad. Now what? Research Apps

NASA Visulization Explore (APP)We had a great Teaching with Technology workshop yesterday, “You got an iPad.  Now what?  Research Apps.” Thanks to all who attended! If you were unable to attend but are interested in what we discussed, you can find the list of topics below.  The workshop was divided into three areas: ebooks, mobile apps for research, and mobile friendly databases. Feel free to contact your Instructional Technology Liaison if you need assistance with using your iPad or other device.
  • The library catalog is optimized for mobile devices.  Simply click on “Mobile-Friendly” at the bottom of the regular library catalog or open this URL.
    • We recommend adding the icon to your home page, see these instructions.
  • Bluefire Reader: This friendly and easy to use app allows you to read DRM protected ebooks.  Download ebooks from ebrary, Ebsco, and EBL platforms directly into the Bluefire Reader App.  You will need to set up accounts for ebrary and Ebsco, plus an account for Adobe Digital Editions, but once the set-up is complete and accounts created, the download process is easy.
    • Note: All ebooks found through the library catalog are available full text online, these steps are only required when downloading an ebook offline.
Research Apps
  • Science Direct: You will need a Science Direct account to initially log in and authenticate.  Searches full content of ScienceDirect.  Article content is displayed in sections in tabs and can be saved or emailed.
  • iSSRN:   Free from the Social Science Research Network.
  • Google Search:  Supports voice searching and gives you easy access to apps, including Google Books.  You can set up Google Scholar to to export citations to Endnote or Refworks, and link to Conn library resources. Here’s a short video with instructions.
  • Easy Bib: Scan books and see the title formatted in APA, MLA or Chicago format then email citations to yourself.
Mobile Friendly Databases Access all databases through the library’s website (“Link to Individual Databases” in Supersearch tab).  If you will revisit any database again, it might be worth creating an icon for your home page (instructions under Mobile catalog above).
  • Ebsco
  • ARTstor
Our next workshop on using an iPad for teaching is next Friday from 1-2pm.  See you there!

Image credit: NASA Visualization Explorer (iPad) from

Want to visit The National Gallery, London?


See every painting in The National Gallery’s permanent collection from your desk!  ARTstor, a database of digital images, just released this collection and is available to all students, faculty and staff at Connecticut College.  View a sample of the 2,300 works included, or view the full collection in ARTstor.

Image Credit: The National Gallery, London. Photograph by Mike Peel ( Retrieved from,_London.jpg