Artstor Joins JSTOR

Vital Image Collection and Teaching Tool Updates

Key Facts

  • The Artstor platform has been promised through the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. JSTOR has committed to retaining the Artstor environment until the JSTOR platform is equal to or better than Artstor for image users. Update: As of February 1, 2022, they do not have a date, but have promised several months advance notice.
  • The Artstor Digital Library and the Williams VRC Teaching Collection are now available in both Artstor and JSTOR.
  • Vital features promised, but not yet delivered, include importing Artstor image groups to JSTOR and sharing image groups.
  • The overarching goal is to bring together over 2.5 million images with primary resources and text-based scholarship.

How to Search Images:

  • Go to and type in the All Content search box for image and text results.
  • Click the Images tab, and type in the search box.
  • Click the Advanced Search link and select Images to narrow your results further.
  • Use the Refine Results bar on the left to filter your search by Classification, Collection, etc.
  • On the search results page, click the Images and All Content tabs to toggle back and forth between the two options.
  • There are no longer pages, but something called “continuous scrolling”. They have added headings so you do not get totally lost in your results.

Downloading Images:

  • Click the three-dot menu below the bottom right corner of the image
  • Click Download and Accept and download. You no longer need to be logged in to your account to download images.




The Williams College Visual Resources Center Collections

  • We now have our own landing page for the Williams College Visual Resources Center digital collections. In the Browse menu on the JSTOR homepage, click Your Institution’s Collections or you use the links on the VRC website ( under Find Images.
  • You have the option to search any of our special public collections or the Williams VRC Teaching Collection available only to the Williams College community.
  • Faculty are welcome to submit image requests to the VRC staff. Images will be scanned, delivered to faculty, cataloged, and uploaded to the Williams VRC Teaching Collection in JSTOR. Already-digitized images may also be added to the collection.

JSTOR Workspace

JSTOR’s Workspace enables faculty and students to save, annotate, and organize images and text-based works, create PowerPoint presentations, export content as PDFs, and more. You will need to log in to JSTOR in order to use Workspace. Click the ‘Log in’ button in the top right-hand corner and log in using your Artstor credentials.

With your personal Workspace, you can:

  • Save images, articles, book chapters, and primary source materials
  • Cite articles, book chapters, and images
  • Add custom notes to saved items
  • Organize saved items using folders
  • Export content and citations to share with others

Saving Items to Workspace

The “Save” option is available on JSTOR, including on the search results page, the journal page, or the item page. You may save items from your search results by hovering your cursor over the image until the bookmark icon appears. Click the bookmark and save the item to your workspace or one of your workspace folders.

Once you save your item, you can select from additional options including:

  • Add custom notes
  • Cite the individual item
  • Move the individual item
  • Delete the item from your Workspace

Viewing and Organizing Your Workspace

Once you have completed searching for and saving new items, you may access your workspace by navigating to the top of your JSTOR page, hovering over the “Tools” drop-down menu and selecting “Workspace.” In your Workspace, you can toggle between different views of your saved items either, List view or Gallery view (image thumbnails).

Organizing with Folders

To keep your workspace items organized, you have the ability to create new and manage existing folders and sub-folders in Workspace. You can also move, name, and re-name folders. These abilities can be especially useful when you have many saved items that you might want to organize by theme, date, topic, project, or any other type. To move items in or out of folders, click on the three-dot icon to select “Move” next to the item you want to organize, then click the arrow next to the name of the folder.

A “Move to…” menu should appear where you may select the desired destination from the existing folder/s. Select the destination folder (which highlights when
selected) and click “Move” to confirm. To move an item into a sub-folder, click on the parent folder arrow to access the sub-folder and then click “Move” to confirm.

Note: If you have many folders in your Workspace, you may need to use the scroll bar on the right-hand side of the “Move to…” menu in order to view the desired destination

Workspace offers different ways to work with your saved content. You might use either List or Gallery view to organize your folders at the folder level. Additionally, folder-level views make it possible to sort and shift multiple item views in ways that offer new ways to view and manage your item collections.

Organizing with Custom Ordering

Workspace items will be displayed alphabetically by item name by default, however, the option to create custom ordering within your saved folder items enables you to rearrange them as needed using either, manual drag and drop or keyboard control methods. Customizations will be automatically saved, so you can return to them as you left them or rearrange/reset by selecting another default ordering setting offered in the Sort drop-down menu.

For keyboard control:

  1. Use Tab to navigate to a specific image, then use Enter to select the image.
  2. Use the arrow keys to move items, then select Enter again (or Escape) to save the image’s new placement.

For drag and drop:

  1. Select Sort: Custom order from the sort menu at the top.
  2. Scroll down to your items under “Items” and drag and drop each item by selecting the thumbnails (on click and hold- release to position the item) and rearrange until your items are in the desired order.
  3. No further action to save is needed. When you refresh the page or login to your Workspace later, your Custom Order changes will persist until you decide to re-order your saved items again.

Exporting Folders to PDF

Exporting folders to PDF is a convenient way to share text and image content from your saved Workspace folder. PDFs might be used for printing or to upload to a learning management system such as GLOW. After export, PDF handouts include the following:

  • Your folder title and description
  • A hyperlinked title and thumbnails that when clicked, opens directly to that content on JSTOR
  • Metadata for each item (date, creator, and linked collection/book/journal)

To export, select “Export PDF” found in the drop-down menu contained within the Export option. A progress bar will indicate that the download is processing. Export speed will vary depending on the size of the folder you are creating a reading list from.

Example of exported PDF Reference List

Exporting Folders to PowerPoint

The ability to export image collections to PowerPoint enables users to review, describe, manage, and add images for presentation in a visual format on- or offline. It can be a valuable
tool for sharing, instruction, presentation, and studying with visual content. Once you have selected a folder of images that you would like to use for your PowerPoint and have added any description detail text, select “Export” and then confirm. You will know your export is working as a progress bar will inform you of the file’s status. The export speed will vary, depending on the number of images selected.

Note: Your presentation folder title will export as the title of your PowerPoint slide deck. Your folder description will be in the presenter notes on your title slide. You may edit the folder’s description by clicking on the three dots to the right of the folder title. Any item notes will be included with respective image slide notes.

Once your .pptx file is ready, you will find it in your Downloads folder on your computer. To open, you must have Microsoft PowerPoint software installed. From your new downloaded file, proceed to make changes as desired within the presentation.

Contact Amy McKenna, Visual Resources Curator, [email protected] with any questions.