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How to Use Google More Effectively

Boolean operators, site searches, & country internet codes are just a few of the things we cover to help improve your searches.

Google Image Search

Google Images is a great way to find a variety of images from across the web. However, not all the images that you find through this search are in the public domain or available for reuse. Go to Google Images and type in what you are looking for, then click on the magnifying glass to search.

Google Images

Click on Tools, then on Usage Rights. Select Creative Commons licenses from the drop-down menu.

Google Images Creative Commons Search

Click on the photograph you are interested in. On the right-hand side of the page, click on Visit to see the original image.

Google Images Visit

When you view the image at its original site, you can see if there are any licensing requirements, get a correct URL, and find out much more information.

Google Images License Info

Doing a reverse image search allows you to find artist/photographer/creator information when you have nothing but an image itself to go by. Why would you want to do this kind of search?

Well, have you ever found a piece of art and wondered who made it but were unable to find the artist/photographer/creator's name? Have you ever taken a photograph and wondered if anyone else was using it online? Have you ever found a visually stunning picture and wanted to find more like it? These are all very good reasons to do a reverse image search. 

In Google Chrome, right click on the image, then click on Search image with Google (in Microsoft Edge, click on Search the web for image). Your search results will include images similar to or exactly the same as the original image.

TinEye Reverse Image Search is another great tool for tracking down the original source of an image. TinEye also allows you to upload or copy/paste images from your computer.

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