Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Four Tricks to help you Search ArtStor

The ArtStor Blog recently published an article with easy tricks to help search for images.  The full post is at http://artstor.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/four-easy-tricks-to-help-you-search-the-artstor-digital-library/  The article gives these pointers:

  1. The underscore (_) can represent any one character. For example, m_net will retrieve monet, manet, etc.
  2. The asterisk (*) can represent zero, one, or several characters. ren* will retrieve ren, rene, renoir, renaissance, etc.
  3. The dollar sign ($) will expand the search to include terms that stem from a given root. $farm will retrieve farm, farmer, farming, farmyard, etc.
  4. To search for an exact phrase, put it in quotes (“…”). When searching for the painting Le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, enter “le moulin de la galette”. Also, unless your search phrase is enclosed in quotation marks, the order of terms will not affect the search, so searching for albrecht durer gives you the same results as searching for durer albrecht.