Web Searching, Sleuthing and Sifting
Locating Images: Photos, Pictures & Graphics
Why is it so hard to find the pictures I want? | How can I find pictures or photographs on the web? | Where to go to search for images | Searching by file extension or html attributes | Cataloged and/or Classified Images | Image Banks | Art Resources/Museums
Most pictures have file names that are rather cryptic such as blufoot.jpg or ampag.gif. When you conduct a search for images, often you are in fact looking for file extensions and a keyword such as:
blue and .gif
If your keywords are not in the filename (blue.gif
or cat.jpg) you may not be able to find what you need. Sometimes descriptive
terms are applied to images to assist folks looking for them and in some
cases, the images may be cataloged and/or classified, all making our searches
Search engines almost always identify images by filename extension (such as .jpg or .gif) and by html "attributes" (such as the "ALT" tag which loads before or instead of an image, the "IMG SRC" tag (meaning imbedded image) or the "HREF" tag or field (meaning hypertext reference)). They combine the idea or identification of an "image" with your other keywords which it locates in various fields of the web document (which fields or areas depends on the search utility you are using). Look for the image (Hotbot) or picture (Lycos) and similar limit fields in the "major" search engines.
Search utilities with databases of cataloged images are the most reliable way to search for images. Humans assign descriptive terms of picture elements, style, content and subject. Pictures containing your search terms are retrieved based on the indexed terms. This method is extremely labor intensive and time consuming; it is also very expensive which is why you often have to pay to search indexed image banks.
Specialized sites often have images arranged by categories with a variable amount of accompanying data.
Photographs, Prints & Drawings searchable by keyword.
"AICT is a royalty-free image exchange resource for the educational community." Features images organized by time periods (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, 18th-20th centuries and Non-Western.
A collection of images of art, architectural and museum objects from the University of Michigan History of Art Department, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and Chicano Murals located in Los Angeles.
Art history database consisting of nearly 80 000 images of art and architecture.
Search for art related information including images and information on artists. Large range of searchable databases.
Last updated: July 29, 2001; Links checked: July 29, 2001
Copyright © 1998-2019, Simone Leroy, Director of Learning Technologies, MIA
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