Can't find a graphic? Keyword search tipsWhen you search, if no graphics fill the criteria you have selected, you get an error message. Click on your browser’s back arrow to have another go. Here are some tips:
- Use English words: Although graphics are available in multiple languages, when you do a keyword search you need to use English words. This is because all graphics have English descriptions and keywords (regardless of what language the graphic itself has been translated into).
- Use Apostrophes for specific phrases: If you want to search for a specific phrase with the words in a specific order you can enclose them in apostrophes. This will limit the search to those words in particular
- Search wide first and then narrow down: When you search for graphics, you are more likely to get no hits than too many hits! This is because graphics are relatively scarce (compared for example with photographs). So it is a good idea to make your search more general at first and then refine.
For more about how to search ...world length punctuation
When using a keyword search, the strategy is very different from using a Google Search because the search engine doesn't give a best guess.
- Word length: Words with only two letter words are ignored unless specifically whitelists, such as US
- Commas and Semi-colon , ; : These are used to separate words and phrases for indexing. They are therefore ignored in a search.
- Full Stops: Full stops after words are ignored but those within a text string are not. Therefore avoid full stops within words or acronyms. So avoid "U.S." and use "US" instead. "US." If in doubt put word or phrase in apostrophies.
- Slash / : These are ignored in a search so 2019/20 will search for 2019 - the 20 being ignored as it is two characters . Ditto 9/11 will search for 9 11 and as these strings both have fewer than two characters there will be no hits
- Dash - : If a dash is included anywhere in a search it will be "read" as a space. 2020-21 will therefore be ready as 2020 21. The 21 will be ignored (as all two letter words are ignored unless whitelisted). So 2020-21 will search fo 2020. .
For more about what you can search for ... numbers dates type categories
The following information is available for each graphic, so you can enter these words if you do a “keyword” Search:
- Image Number: You can search for a specific number from the number selection box, or you can search for GN12345 or 12345 as a keyword
- Event Date: Using the selection If the date of an event is March 30, 1995 you can search for the month MARCH or year 1995 as keywords or by the selection options. If you use parentheses you can also select by specific dates e.g. "July 1, 2020". If this phrase is entered as a keyword you select all graphics produced for events in July 2020 as the day will be ignored as 2 or 1 character words are ignored.
- Type: Each image is given one of the following types: GRAPHIC INTERACTIVE ARTWORK PICTURE ILLUSTRATION PHOTOMONTAGE CARICATURE. These words can be used as keywords or selected as a pull-down option. The type ARTWORK is used to describe vector images with no words. The word "CLIPART" can be used as a keyword to identify those graphics which have been clipped and for which the drawn artwork (clipart) is available to download separately from the graphic itself (with the EN graphic).
- Language: If you select a language you select not only those graphics that include words in that language, but also images with no words (i.e. without a language).
- News or Sport:
You can search for all sport graphics by entering the word Sport, or all other graphics by entering the word News
- Categories: Each graphic is given a category or a collection. These can be selected from the website Menu or the pulldown search option. Alternatively they can be used as keywords:
You can also search for all Motorsport, Science, Motoring,History, Geography
- Description: Each graphic is described by a subject, a headline, a context, a caption and a keyword field: You can search for words from these fields The "story" associated with a graphic is not included
e.g. Context: This describes the event for which the graphic was created
e.g. Caption: A description of what the graphic shows.
e.g. Keywords: Words added to aid searching, for example descriptions of graphic elements that an artist might find useful to salvage for use in another graphic.
- Sources: We record the name of external writers that have contributed stories (e.g. Neil Winton) and we record the lead artist responsible for each image. So you can search for stories from particular writers or images from particular artists