Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Find Free Images Using Google's Advanced Search Tools

When we need to find a picture to use for a project, website, or even a blog post, the first thing most of us turn to is Google Image. Thousands, even millions of photos are available in a matter of seconds. But, are the picture you find fair, free-use? Maybe. Maybe not. Luckily for us, Google has made it very easy to search for free, fair-use, public domain, or creative common images.

  1. Under the search bar, if you click on "Search Tools" it will open a new menu that will give you advanced search options.

You can filter your search results by size (bigger files are better), color, type (animated, drawing, photo), time, or usage rights. To find free use pictures you will want to open the drop-down menu for "usage rights". 

This will give you five options to filter your results. 

A) Not filtered by license: This is the default and will give you all search results. This is not recommended. 

B) Labeled for reuse with modification: This shows images that can edited and for both commercial and noncommercial uses.

C) Labeled for reuse: This shows images that can not be edited, but can be used for both commercial and noncommercial uses.

D) Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification: This shows images that can be edited  for noncommercial use only.

E) Labeled for noncommercial reuse: This shows images that can not be edited for noncommercial use only. 

As a teacher this was one of the first things I taught my students. So many students do not realize that not everything (and, in fact, most things) they find on the internet is free to copy and save for their own use. Using Google Image advanced search tools is one easy way to teach students to be responsible digital citizens.


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