About Dome

Getting Started

Dome can be accessed through the address http://dome.mit.edu. Anybody can search Dome, but only MIT-affiliated users can view and download the full-sized images found in the Architecture, Urban Planning, and Visual Arts Collection. You must be on a computer with your certificates installed to view the high-res images.

Searching Dome

Full-text search:

Use the search box in the upper right corner of the page to perform a full-text search across all collections in Dome. If you want to search in only one collection, select its name from the list on the main page and use the search box on the collection’s page.

Advanced Search:

The Advanced Search option is located under the full-text search box in the upper right corner of the main page. Advanced searching allows you to limit your search by certain fields, with up to three search terms. Search types used by Dome are keyword, subject, title, and author.  The other options on the search type pull-down menu are not used. Conjunctions (AND, OR, NOT) can be used to further limit your search. You can choose to search across all collections in Dome or only in a select one by using the drop-down menu at the top of the advanced search box.

Search hints:

• Boolean searching does not work, though truncated searching using an asterisks (*) is functional.
Example: searching M*net would bring up works by Monet and Manet
• You can also use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase.
Example: searching “Van Gogh” would bring up only works by or about the artist Vincent Van Gogh, and not other works that contain either the term Van or Gogh
• Dome searching does not have the same functionality as Google searching. Adding additional terms to your search will bring up more results rather than helping to narrow it.
• The main search boxes are helpful for searches for specific titles enclosed in quotes, or very broad searches. More specific searches that do not have a specific title, such as mosques in Cairo, would be better served by the advanced search.


The browse function on the left-hand side of the page is helpful if you are not looking for a specific image, or want to see an array of images
• Collections browses the most recent additions to a collection
• By Issue Date browses by the date an image was uploaded to Dome (not the creation date of a work)
• Authors browsing is not currently functional
• Titles browses the list of titles in Dome, sorted alphabetically
• Subjects browses the list of subject headings assigned to records in Dome, sorted alphabetically

Search Results:

Each work on the results page is displayed with its title, creator with life dates, a thumbnail, and the date the image was added to the database. If an individual work of art or architecture has more than one image in the database, each image will come up as a separate listing on the results page, and you will need to click on every record you are interested in to access the individual image shown in the thumbnail.

Viewing an Item Record

When you click on either the blue hyper-linked title, or on the thumbnail in the search results you will be taken to the simple item record, which includes the thumbnail, the title, a brief description, the URI (the persistent link to a record), the date the image was added to Dome, and the image sizes available for download. There is also a link to view the full item record.

Downloading an Image:

Each image in the database is available for download in three sizes, each in JPEG format, and recently-added images are also available as high-resolution TIFFs. To save an image to your computer, right-click it (control-click on a Mac) and select “Save Image As.”
• _sv: largest image, used for viewing on a computer screen. 300 dpi, 3000 pixels on the long side.
• _cp: medium-sized image, used for projection. 300 dpi, 1500 pixels on the long side.
• _tm: the thumbnail. 72 dpi, 120 pixels on the long side.

These file size suffixes are visible in the file names in the left-hand column.