UHP 189 -- Visual World

This class guide supports research for Beach Museum topics and UHP 189 focusing on the Visual World.

Library Research Guide

Artstor Database

Artstor logo

Artstor is a digital image library of collections contributed by museums, associations, libraries, and archives. Files can be saved and downloaded for educational purposes.

The first time you use Artstor, you need to create an account. To download images, use your Artstor work folder, and create image groups, you must be logged into your Artstor account. Also, make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off. Artstor uses pop up windows.

Register with Artstor

Access Artstor using the link below. On the Artstor main page, the option to Register is located in the top right corner. Utilize your K-State email address to create your Artstor account.

Note: If accessing Artstor from off campus, you will first need to sign in with your K-State eID and password to authenticate you as a current K-Stater.

Finding Images

The left side of the ARTstor search screen includes options for keyword searching and for browsing. Browsing is presented as a series of drop-down menus and options include by classification, collection, or geography. 

Basic Search

Try typing an artist's name, the title of an artwork, or a movement in art into the search box

Advanced Search

The advanced search offers greater flexibility—if you do not see this option, click on the Artstor logo (top left) to return to the main search screen. Below Search you will see the Advanced Search option.


  • Especially when keyword searching, you may wish to modify your search in the top right corner of the results page
  • You can return to the Artstor search page by clicking on the Artstor icon (top left)
  • To view your search history, select the arrow next to History (top left)

Searching Flickr

On the Flickr photo-sharing website users can upload and tag photos.  Flickr gives users control over what is public or private, and how their photos can and cannot be used by others. To view only those images that are licensed by Creative Commons, use Flickr's Advanced Search.

Brief descriptions of the permitted uses and can browse Flickr's Creative Commons content by the permitted uses: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons

To combine your search terms, use and:

ex. Curry AND Topeka

Use or for synonyms, to account for misspelled words, and other variations:

("John Curry" OR "John Stuart Curry" OR "John Steuart Curry") and Kansas


We encourage students and faculty to reference the copyright guidance for students and to contact the Copyright Consultation Service with questions related to copyright at cads@k-state.edu.

It can be a challenge to find images that can ethically be used in publications and presentations.  Keep this advice in mind as you search for images:

  • Even if an image comes from the public domain, you must credit the artist/designer and attribute the original source using citation.
  • When pondering whether or not you should use an image in your project, complete the fair use checklist (linked above) to help you assess whether or not your intended use could be considered a fair use.
  • Be sure to create citations for your original work (to give yourself credit, in anticipation of the question, "Is this your work?").
  • Look for a copyright notice (even for government resources).