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14 Handy Tips on How to Better Use Google Images

This is the fifth guide I created in a series of several posts on how to tap into the educational potential of Google services. Today's topic is Google Images. This is probably among those most used services in education. Teachers and students use images for a variety of learning and teaching reasons. However, before  including images in any classroom project, students need to learn about copyright issues. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has  already published a post on this. Check it out here to learn more.

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 As I said earlier, we all use Google Images when looking for pictures to feature in our multimedia projects, but do we all know how to conduct a smart and specific image search ? This is what this post is going to show you. The visual guide below is intended to help teachers and students better use the features that Google Images provides for free for its users.

Supposedly, you typed your keywords in Google Image and got the first result page. Now click on the gear icon in the top right hand corner and select advanced search. The basic search is similar to the one I have already covered in Google Search guide so no need to repeat the same things.

1-Find images in any size you need.

2-Specify the shape of images.

3-Find images in your preferred colors.

4- Limit the kind of images that you find.

5- Find images published in a particular region.

6- Search one site (like ) or limit your results to a domain like .edu, .org or .gov

7- Tell SafeSearch whether to filter sexually explicit content.

8- Find images in the format that you prefer.

9- Find images that you are free to use.

10- Related Searches

To help you find the image you're looking for,Google Images sometimes shows you popular refinements so you can narrow down your search. These refinement searches are commonly associated with your original search. Refinements are especially useful when you’re not sure exactly what you’re searching for or when you’re just looking to browse through images about a specific topic. Here is an example of the refinement panel I got when searching for images on " Mars "

11-Hover over a panel to view some sample images. 

When you hover over a panel, you’ll see a preview of the images for that search

12- Click a result

When you click an image search result, the image viewer will open under the search results you were looking at with a larger version of your selected image. To close the viewer, simply click on the X in the top right corner or the selected image. In this view, you can see more detailed information and use handy tools.

See more info:
a- Name of the webpage
b- The webpage's URL
c- Image dimensions
d- Other images you may be interested in 
Navigate easily:
  • Use the left and right keyboard arrows to navigate to other images
  • Scroll and select another result to view that image
  • Click on the image, page title, URL, or Visit page to view the web page the image is from
  • Click View original image to go to the full-size image directly
  • Click More sizes next to the image dimensions to view other sizes of the selected image
  • Click Image details to view embedded data (when available), other images similar in appearance or meaning to your selected image, and pages hosting the image 

13- Keyboard shortcuts 

14- Search by Image

Search by image allows you to do a reverse image search and discover all sorts of content that's related to a specific image. For example, search using a picture of your favorite band and see search results that might include similar images, web pages about the band, and even sites that include the same picture.
To search by image visit, or any Images results page, and click the camera icon in the search box. Enter an image URL for an image hosted on the web or upload an image from your computer.

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