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Can I Use Google or Bing to Find Images?

If you use Google Images (we particularly recommend the Advanced mode) or Bing image Feed, please be aware of the following:

  • You may find a lot of irrelevant images, because the web search engines use your search terms to search for images.
    They search for your terms in the filename of the image, the link text pointing to the image or text adjacent to the image. 
    Essentially they make a guess that the words are related to the image.  
  • The images identified by the search engines may be protected by copyright. (Google Advanced Image Search allows you to limit by usage rights and Bing image Feed allows to filter by license).
  •  Web search engines cannot grant you any rights to use images for any purpose other than viewing them on the web. Therefore if you would like to use any images found through search engines, you must contact the site owner to obtain the requisite permissions.
  •  Image search engines cannot make adequate assessments of the aesthetic quality of images they index or an image's suitability for your particular purpose.
  • Web search engines are unable to index images held within databases. For finding high-quality images suitable for research and presentation in your discipline please refer to Image Resources by Subject or look within discipline-specific guides.
(Modified from Digital images: Image search engines - Monash University Library)

 

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