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FYS: Tales of Distant Places (2018): Finding Images

This guide is designed for students in Professor Larsen's 2018 First Year Seminar.

Artstor: Silk Road Images

Image database for art and architecture.

TIP: using Advanced Search, you can

  • choose geography

Where else can I find images?

Silk Road Seattle (Washington University) website

     Tip: Select "Museum Collections" from the bar on the left side - you can search by location.

How do I cite an image?

Here is the basic format you should use for citing an image from Artstor in MLA:

Thousand-armed, Thousand-eyed Guanyin943, painting, Musée national des Arts asiatiques - Guimet, Paris. Artstor, 5 Oct. 2016,

Lastname, firstname. Title of work in italics. Year created, medium, institution that holds the object, location of institution. Database name in italics, day month year, link. 



Find a book with an image? Scan it so that your classmates can view it and use this citation format.

Lastname, firstname. Title of work in italics. Year created, medium, institution that holds the object, location of institution. Lastname, firstname of author of the book. Title of the book. Publisher name, year.

Notice anything missing from the first citation listed?

Sometimes you will not have all of all of the information - include as much as possible. 

You need to provide a brief annotation for each image you find. Include:

1 - source of image

2 - a brief description of the object: what it is, discovery site or similar information

Kizil Cave Painting

Mural in Kizil Cave 8, donor figures. 432-538, cave painting, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin. Wikipedia, 10 Oct. 2016,

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MSIS, Information Science
The University of Texas at Austin
BA, History
Southwestern University