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Art Citation Guide

Use this guide to find out how to cite art, images, & figures

An important note about copyright and Artstor images from Artstor

We at Artstor know that copyright and image use are of great concern to the librarians, instructors, and students who use the Artstor Digital Library. 

Images in the Artstor Digital Library may be used for non-commercial, educational purposes if you abide by the Artstor Terms and Conditions ( You can feel confident that using Artstor Digital Library Content in accordance with the Terms and Conditions won’t put your institution at risk. However, there are many other collections available within the Artstor Workspace, such as your institutional collections added using Shared Shelf and Shared Shelf Commons collections added by other institutions, and different terms of use may apply to these collections. 

This LibGuide outlines the safe ways to use images from the Artstor Digital Library according to our Terms and Conditions of Use, how to identify the sources of images you are working with, and how to find and use images for publications.

Disclaimer: we're librarians and educators, not lawyers, and this LibGuide is not intended to provide legal advice. Please direct your questions about copyright to your institution's librarians or general counsel.

A note about Fair Use

When Artstor Digital Library Content is used in a way that is a “permitted use” as listed in section 4.1 of the Artstor Digital Library Terms and Conditions, Artstor will protect and indemnify you if you run into a legal issue. Because Artstor indemnifies you when using the images designated as Artstor Digital Library Content, our permitted uses are slightly more conservative than the full scope of Fair Use.

Artstor’s Terms and Conditions, however, are not intended to prohibit you from using an image in a manner that is permitted under the Fair Use exceptions to United States copyright law. When you use Artstor Digital Library Content in ways that rely on Fair Use, but are not Permitted Uses under our Terms and Conditions, you do so at your own risk. Artstor will not indemnify for use of Artstor Digital Library Content that falls outside the specific list of “Permitted Uses” identified in the our Terms and Conditions.