Optimize Google Search – Part 2

Janet Klug, WE Think – Vol 3 No 4

Using Google’s search for images will frequently lead you to one or more images that would be useful for your research. Most of the time you can save the images you found to your computer.

An image of Burnet House would be a good addition to the reference material being collected for an exhibit.

burnet house image

Figure 1. Images of Burnet House.

Select the image you want to save and double click it to make it as large as it will go. This will enlarge the image to its maximum capacity. A new screen will appear with the image enlarged. Move your cursor over the image and click the right mouse button.

A drop-down menu appears.

saving an image

Figure 2. Saving the picture.

Click “Save picture as…”

A box pops up.

This will usually be your default image file (“My Pictures” on a PC, or whatever file you wish to save the picture).

saving to computer

Figure 3. Saving to your computer.

Select the file in which you want the image to be stored. In the box at the bottom of the pop-up menu key in the name you wish to give the image and select the file type. JPEG is a good choice if you are unsure. Click “Save.”

Saving a picture you have found on the Internet is not complicated and within a short period of time you can have a very nice reference file. However, there are some caveats.

Using the images for publication, or in an exhibit, or for any other purpose other than your own personal use, may violate copyright laws. Check the website to see if there is a Terms of Use or a copyright. If you are in doubt, send an e-mail to the webmaster of the website from which
you want an image and request permission for its use.

Sometimes this contact will have unintended consequences. For example, I have made contact regarding images from museums and historical societies that have not only allowed me to use their images, but have sent me the images I wanted in much higher resolution. You never know what will happen until you give it a try.

Continued from Optimize Google Search – Part 1. Part 3 – Using Google to search for historical people. End of article marker.

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