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Search Tips

If you are having difficulty finding what you are looking for the following tips may help.


Searching for multiple words: You can enter any number of words within any of the keyword search boxes. By default if you enter multiple keywords these will be linked with AND, for example ‘dolphins sharks', will bring up all images with the words 'dolphins' AND 'sharks' associated with them. You can also use 'AND' to perform the same search.


You can also search for images containing any of a series of keywords by using the word OR. For example 'dolphins or sharks' would bring up any images with either the words 'dolphins' or 'sharks' associated with them.


Excluding words: You can exclude words from your search by putting a minus ('-') in front of the word you want to exclude. For example, ‘beach -people' will result in all images that have the word 'beach' but not 'people' associated with them.


Exact phrase searching: Some keywords that you will be using will actually be phrases, such as a person's name. As by default any words entered into a keyword search are separated by an AND, in order to find a keyword phrase you should enclose the required phrase in quotation marks " or apostrophes '.


Hover images


Place your cursor over a thumbnail image to instantly show a larger 'hover image'. You can disable this feature by uncheking 'Autozoom' in the options bar at the top of each search results page.


Preview images


If you see an image you link, you can view an enlarged Preview image by clicking on the thumbnail, hover image or zoom (magnifying glass) icon under the image. The ITPC Info on the 'Look for Related Images; tab on the preview image is set up so that clikcing on one of the keywords will start a new search returning similar images to that keyword.


Slide Show


To view a slide show of enlarged preview images you need to access the Lightbox Manager from the Lightbox overlay at the bottom of the screen. Further help is available for this option on the Lightbox help page.