To all our RefWorks users, you may have noticed a “certificate error” message recently, even if you have been visiting RefWorks on your computer before. The “good news” is that RefWorks upgraded their server, and is a “trusted site.” As long as you have accessed RefWorks from either (a) our library website, (b) one of our databases, or going directly to “” you can continue the process with confidence.

If you are using Internet Explorer 6, IE 7 or Safari, use the images below to guide you through the process.  Firefox, it is a little trickier, follow the guides on this document:

Refworks Certificate error as displayed on IE6

Refworks Certificate error as displayed on IE6 - Click "Yes" to proceed

Certificate error on IE 7 -- Click on "Continue to this website"

Certificate error from Safari Browser

If you are using Safari: Click on CONTINUE

Welcome to the first of a four-part blog about ARTstor, an image database licensed by the university library for the St. John’s University campus community.  In each post, I’ll present tips and tools for using ARTstor, highlighting features that should help you integrate ARTstor’s images into your current practices as well as to consider new ones.

The ARTstor Digital Library currently has over 1 million images in the arts, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences, including historic events and people.  With all of these images to look through and lectures and papers to prepare, how can you find the ones you need – and fast?

A simple keyword search, from the main search box will get you started.  You might search for keywords like  ‘odysseus’ or ‘kimono’ or ‘advertisement’.  ARTstor will then search across the entire data record to return any images that match your search term.  To narrow your results, you can refine your search using the keyword box at the top of the page and choosing “Within current results” from the dropdown menu.  Another way to narrow results is to use quotation marks around a two or more word phrase, such as “civil rights” or “olympic games”.

When searching for specific images, you may find the Advanced Search to be more useful.  This search allows you to specify where your keywords are found:  the Title or Creator fields only.  You can also choose a date or date range and geographic locations by broad region or country name.  Lastly, ARTstor has identified unique keywords or phrases that will restrict your search to specific collections of images if the image you need is from a certain collection.  To see these search terms, find the collection on our list of collections and click to view the information page.  The search terms are at the bottom of each page.

If you have already found an image and need others like it, ARTstor has linked together images that have been saved in image groups by other instructor users of ARTstor.  You may find that some of these associated images are useful for your work.   Images with such associations are identified by an icon below the thumbnail image ().  To display the related images, click the icon.  Another icon you may encounter on the thumbnail page identifies images with related duplicates and details, ().  Clicking this icon displays any other copies of the work among ARTstor’s holdings, along with any details.  The image with the icon is the one we’ve identified as the best representative of the work, often a very large image allowing you to zoom in very far.  If this image detail is better than one of the related details, download the zoomed-in detail instead.  Once you have the detail displayed in the image viewer, click the Download Image button at the lower-right corner to get the area you are currently viewing.

Kimberly Henrikson is the Senior Support Services Manager of the User Services team at ARTstor and plays a developmental role in establishing support models and related materials for institutions licensing the online digital image library. She is responsible for managing the training and support services for more than 1,200 ARTstor institutions. She also designs ARTstor’s online and instructor-led training programs and facilitates the rollout of major software updates.

Prior to ARTstor, Kim provided client relationship management, training and technical support at several for-profit companies including Yahoo! HotJobs, a Texas based printing company, and a New York-based fashion design house.  She has also worked at MB Modern art gallery in New York and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.  Kimberly received her BA in Art History from Penn State University and is currently pursuing an MA in art history from Hunter College.

Kim will be blogging this month about ARTstor, how it can be used in the classroom and for assignments, and its application to disciplines other than art and art history. Welcome, Kim!

ARTstor began as a database of images of artworks intended primarily for the use of artists and art historians, contributed primarily by art museums. It has since grown to a repository of more than 1,000,000 images covering a wide range of periods, countries, media, and topics. It’s still entirely made up of visual resources – you won’t find journal articles about art or art history, for example – but you will find images of interest to many fields with interesting interdisciplinary applications. Some examples include:

Whether your discipline is listed here or not, take some time to explore ARTstor, it is a fascinating storehouse of unique images and objects just waiting for you to put it to use!

For those of you who are (or become) ARTstor aficionados, you can keep up with ARTstor by reading the ARTstor Blog, signing up for email announcements, becoming an ARTstor fan on Facebook, subscribing to the ARTstor RSS feed, or watching ARTstor how-to videos on YouTube!

Following up on the entry about the RefWorks troubleshooting guide, the most common problem users have with Write-n-Cite is that when they try to use it off-campus, they are prompted for the group code.  This generally is solved by completing the downloading process (found on the  WNC tab of the RefWorks Guide). — This second step sets up our Library proxy link on your computer, so you shouldn’t need a group code — on or off-campus. 








Picture indicating the steps for adding the proxy Link for the StJ laptop. Note that MAC instructions differ and are listed on the WNC tab of the RefWorks Guide

MedpediaMEDPEDIA, launched February 17, 2009,  is a collaborative online medical “plain English” encyclopedia with a twist — unlike many other wiki-type encyclopedias, only “physicians and PhDs” will be able to directly edit content (after having created an account and been approved as an editor). Those who do not qualify to become an editor can click the “suggest changes” tab in any article, register for an account, and suggest a change in the content of the entry — that suggestion must be approved by an editor before it will be posted.

According to the website, “the Medpedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public.” The goal is for the site to be a searchable reference source for medical professionals and the general public.

While not responsible for the content on MEDPEDIA, collaborative partners in the project include Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and the University of Michigan School of Medicine.


The merger JSTOR and Ithaka, two not-for-profit organizations founded by Kevin  Guthrie and dedicated to serving the scholarly community, was announced in a press release dated January 25, 2009.The newly combined organization, to be known as Ithaka, will include JSTOR, Portico, and NITLE.


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