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Finding Architectural Images

Finding Architectural Images:

  1. ARTstor [ If you want to be able to make full use of ARTstor, you will need to register. You may register on campus or off campus via Off Campus Connect (EZproxy). ] The ARTstor Digital Library provides more than one million images with tools for teaching and research. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world. The collections encompass a wide variety of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

  2. Archivision Digital Library

  3. Architectural Record
  4. Creative Commons Image Search:

  5. Some of the sites listed here may only be available with proprietary log-in, while others are open access.

    1. Architectural Images [including drawings and plans] (SUNY New Paltz)

    2. Finding Images: Art and Architecture Images (Boston College Libraries) 

Citing Images - Requirements

Items obtained from the web or scanned from a print source should be attributed to the owner of the copyrighted work.

This includes photographs, paintings, or other works of art, tables, graphs, and other illustrations from primary or secondary source materials.

Most images from royalty free clip art, such as the clip art available from Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, do not need to be cited. Check carefully to make certain what attribution and/or citation requirements are listed for individual images.

As a general rule, the following elements are needed in the citation: 

  • artist's name, if known
  • title of image, if known (if not use a description)
  • institution where held, if known
  • URL, if applicable (hyperlink for ease in getting to the website for the artist, museum owner of the work, etc.)
  • Applicable License (Creative Commons, public domain, etc.)
  • Include these, when available and applicable:
    • title of article or book, if applicable
    • author of article or book, if applicable
    • title and date of journal, if applicable
    • database name, if applicable
    • date of access, if online
    • date of publication, if originally from print material

You may wish to use this Creative Commons Attribution Builder for assistance in building your attribution. 

Citing Images

Last updated on Sep 18, 2023 5:51 PM