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Selecting Search Engines

A collection of general and specialized web search engines.

Image Search Engines

Bing logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Uses Bing's search algorithm to find images. 
  • After a basic search, a filtering tool (title="Show or hide filters") will appear to the upper right of the results. You can filter results by image size, color, types of images, layout, how people appear in the images, by date, and by Creative Commons license to find the exact image you need. 
  • Use Visual Search to look for images using an image you have already found. 

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Creative Commons logo

Search Interface

Description

  • Searches a collection of Creative Commons-licensed images. 
  • Main search page allows you to check for images that can be used for commercial purposes and for images that can be modified or adapted.
  • On results page, a filter button to the upper right of the results brings up options to filter results by CC license or creator. You can also check a box to search by creator instead of by what is in the image.  

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Google Images logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Searches Google's index of the web for images. 
  • Use reverse image search to upload an image to Google to find related images on the web. Click the camera icon (aria label "Search by image") to access reverse image search. 
  • Click the "Tools" button on the results page to bring up options for finding images by type, size, color, when it was posed, and usage rights.
  • Advanced image search gives you additional options for finidng your image, including searching by the options provided in the "Tools" button. 

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Wikimedia Commons logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Media file repository of public domain and free-to-use media files run the the Wikimedia Foundation, creator of Wikipedia.
  • You can limit to image using the "File Type" field under "Advanced parameters." 
  • The icon next to each field in "Advanced parameters" explains how it can be used to improve your search. 
  • wikiview is a graphic search tool for finding images on Wikimedia Commons.