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When cataloging a record that has an uploaded image file, you can use the Google Image Search function to find more information about that image, or to verify that the image matches the data you are cataloging. Other uses may include finding a different view of the place or object, or obtaining a better resolution of that image. Google’s image search will return like-images based on the uploaded image in your item record. This function works for image file types only (.png, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .jp2, .cr2). The option will appear grayed out for all other file types.

To use the Google Image Search:

  1. From the Edit tab, use the menu item Options (found above the media window) and choose Search Image in Google.
  2. A new browser tab will open to a Google Image Search Results page, displaying the “best guess” results of the search based on the image from the item record.

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Known behavior: You may notice that when the search is run in Google it displays “JPG” in the search box preceding your image file name. This is because Google Image Search has restrictions on the size of the file it will allow for the search (20MB). To work around this, Shared Shelf will always submit a derivative JPG of your original file for the Google image search.