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You can only download if you register for an account, which you'll need to do on campus. After you have an account, you can login from anywhere. This video tutorial has more detailed instructions.


Visual Resources Librarian

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Marsha Taichman
Fine Arts Library
306 Rand Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-6718

Reverse Image Searching

AP Images

Associated Press Images.
An electronic library containing the AP's current photos from their 50 million image print and negative library, as well as charts, graphs, tables, and maps from the AP's graphics portfolio.


Here's an example of the kind of images you can find:

Washington, D.C. Sewing room of self-help exchange by John Collier, January 1942
John Collier. Washington, D.C. Sewing room of self-help exchange. January, 1942.

Databases & Collections

The library subscribes to or has built a number of image databases that are excellent sources of images you can download and add to your papers and other projects. You need to keep in mind that some of them have licensing restricts that prohibit the re-publication (including open web publishing, such as on a blog or on social networking sites) of images you download. There are also quite a few digital collections that are free and open on the web. Use the library Visual Resources page for links and information about how best to use ARTstor and other image databases.

Get help with digital images

Cornell Library's Visual Resources page

Johnson Museum Online

Screenshot of the Johnson Museum of Art homepage

Register to download

This tutorial guides users through the process of registering for an ARTstor user account.

Using Image Groups in ARTstor

Exporting ARTstor images to PowerPoint

Digital Collections

There are lots of great online collections that are free and open on the web, many of them on museum websites. Here are a few that may offer some good images of women reading: