Image Search Tips
- Basic Search: For a basic search, simply enter in the key words that relate to the images you are interested in finding. If you enter multiple words, the results will display findings that relate to ANY of the words that you enter.
- Search Terms: If you're unsure of what search terms to use, take a look at our Tag Cloud to see common search terms. Terms like "walking" and "bicycling" may generate a lot of results, so be specific in what you are looking for: people crossing the road, bicyclists wearing helmets, enforcement efforts, educational or promotional events, public involvement, or engineering treatments (such as islands, crosswalks, lighting, medians, bike lanes, signals, signs, roundabouts, etc.).
- Special Characters and Words: Some words CANNOT be used in the search box, or you will get an error message. These include: add, alter, delete, insert, select, update.
- Advanced Search: If you would like to narrow down your findings or generate fewer results, use the Advanced Search. It will allow you to search for ANY term, only show results that match ALL terms, or only show results that are an EXACT MATCH for the phrase you are using. With the Advanced Search, you can also search for images in a specific State or Country, you can specify the print quality or image type, and also search by photographer.
- Finding "Problematic" Examples: Sometimes, for instructional purposes, people are looking for images of poor quality conditions or problematic walking or bicycling environments. If you are looking for these kinds of examples, use the key word "problem" in an Advanced Search (matching ALL of the words) and you will get images with blatant problems for pedestrians or bicyclists. One note of caution: if an image is not labeled "problem" it doesn't necessarily mean that the conditions are perfect; many images in our Library have both positive elements in them as well as issues that merit improvement.