We can help our students thrive in today’s overwhelmingly visual environment starting in the classroom, by equipping them with the tools they need to analyze and interpret the visual world around them. To enrich the context of your teaching and appeal to senses beyond the written word, try exploring the library’s ARTstor database. ARTstor is best known for its images of art works, but it also contains many other visual materials. Among its offerings, you will find documentary photographs, ethnographic images, and images of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books.

For tips on searching within specific subject areas, check out ARTstor’s Subject Guides ARTstor also provides a number of Curriculum Guides, which offer suggested images to coordinate with specific course syllabi. Lisa Zeidenberg, Academic Outreach Librarian for Creative Arts, would be happy to help you with ARTstor and any other arts resource; e-mail her at lzeidenb@brandeis.edu or call (781) 736-4697.


Additional resources include:

Hattwig, D., Bussert, K., Medaille, A., & Burgess, J. (2013). Visual literacy standards in higher education: New opportunities for libraries and student learning. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 13(1), 61–89. http://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2013.0008

Little, D., & Felten, P. (2010). Seeing is believing: Visual teaching and learning. NEA Higher Education Advocate (Thriving in Academe), 28, 5-8. Retrieved from http://www.nea.org/home/38020.htm

Martinez, K. (2009). Image research and use in the humanities: An idiosyncratic bibliographic essay. Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, 28(1), 9–15.http://doi.org/10.1086/adx.28.1.27949504

Picturing United States History ( American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning)

Schocker, J. B. (2014). A case for using images to teach women’s history. The History Teacher, 47(3), 421-450.


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