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A beginning guide to Artstor and JSTOR Forum for your image presentations needs.

Artstor and JSTOR Forum

JMU Libraries offers two systems to support academic use of images.

Artstor (link to Artstor) has user-friendly features for viewing and engaging with images:

  • Login with your eID and password
  • Any JMU user can add their own images to a Personal Collection in Artstor. [Learn more]
  • Images can be shared “just with the institution” or publicly (within copyright limits) [Learn more]
  • Artstor digital library contains millions of licensed and open access images [Learn more]
  • Images from the digital library and/or personal collections can be organized into groups [Learn more].
  • Presentations of images can be created from groups [Learn more].
    • Downloaded into a powerpoint
    • Viewed in an online viewer with features like pan-and-zoom and quiz mode!
  • JMU faculty and staff can now add images to the Artstor platform using a behind-the-scenes tool called “JSTOR Forum.” [Learn more]
    • Heavy-duty cataloging and metadata tools
    • More granular sharing permissions (e.g. list specific users, as one might for a class)
    • Creation of institutional collections

In 2018-2019, JMU Libraries will be giving demonstrations and workshops in Artstor and JSTOR Forum, and asking for faculty feedback. Artstor’s own webinars are excellent [See webinars].

MDID (link to existing MDID page) has been used at JMU for decades and will still be available for similar purposes to Artstor.


Interested in moving content from MDID to Artstor / JSTOR Forum?

If you would like to move your MDID records images and presentations to Artstor / JSTOR Forum, please let us know!


Need help?

Artstor, JSTOR Forum, and MDID are supported by a team of technical and professional staff. Please get ahold of us by emailing

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