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Theater Research Guide

Image Databases & Websites

For help with Artstor, visit the ARTstor YouTube channel for tutorials, or use their subject guides with keyword suggestions, search tips, & collection content.

Finding Images and Articles in JSTOR

Artstor Help


When viewing thumbnails in ARTstor after a search or while browsing, you may notice icons under some of the thumbnails & wonder what they are. Here is a brief explanation:

ViewDuplicates+DetailsView duplicates & details: clicking on this icon will bring up other views or details of the same work that can be found within ARTstor. This is also called the clustered image icon.YouMayAlsoBeInterestedInYou may also be interested in…: clicking on this icon will bring up other images that have been used in conjunction with the image you found in slideshows created by other ARTstor users at your institution.

IAPImages for Academic Publishing: images marked with this icon may be used at no cost for certain types of academic publishing. You must click on the icon & follow the instructions in order to get access to an image of publishable quality.

QTVRView quick time movie: clicking on this icon will bring up a small window that contains a QuickTime movie that can be rotated & zoomed. Note that it is not possible to download these movies; they can only be viewed while connected to ARTstor.


How Can I Use Artstor?

What are the PERMITTED uses of ARTstor images?

  • faculty/staff lectures

  • presentations

  • classroom handouts

  • course reserves

  • research projects

  • student presentations & papers

What are the PROHIBITED uses?

  • unrestricted web sites

  • commercial purposes

  • print or electronic publications distributed through a press (commercial or noncommercial) unless marked for publication or access is granted by the museum, gallery, etc.

Theatre Materials from the VRC

Visual Resources Collection of the College of Arts & Architecture is digitizing programs & performances from the Department of Theatre. The link below is to a PDF of the items that have been digitized. The best way to see if we have what you need using this list is to download it & use Ctrl + F to do a search. This list will be updated monthly.

If you would like to access content on the list, contact the Visual Resources Lecturer, Jenna at

Copyright & Fair Use

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Ask the following questions: 

  1. How are you using the image? Bibliography, Note, Caption

  2. What citation style are you using? MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian

  3. What is the source of the image you are using?

    • Museum/Gallery/Urban setting like architecture

    • Image database

    • Publications like books & article


  • Use public domain material when possible

  • Get license to use image if needed

  • Look for Web creator's statement of permissible use & for suggested credit line

Check out these resources for information on copyright

Fair use considerations

  • Nonprofit or profit use

  • Creative or factual work

  • Image changed to new work

  • Impact on economic value of work

Reading an Image

Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, & create images & visual media.

If you are visually literate, you can:

  1. Determine the nature & extent of the visual materials needed

  2. Find & access needed images & visual media effectively & efficiently

  3. Interpret & analyze the meanings of images/visual media

  4. Evaluate images & their sources

  5. Use images/visual media effectively

  6. Design & create meaningful images/visual media

  7. Understand many of the ethical, legal, social, & economic issues surrounding the creation & use of images/visual media, & access & use visual materials ethically

Frankenstein presented by the National Theatre

Image shows the two versions of the same production featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and The Creature in Frankenstein.

Consider source material, costumes, make-up, set design, lighting, body language, etc.