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SEARCH TIPS

How to find what you are looking for in only a matter of seconds

In a database of tens of thousands of images, it is necessary to follow a few simple rules to obtain quick and accurate search results.

Our database is organized such that the most profitable searches are those beginning with a keyword. Below are a few guidelines for an efficient, focused search.

LET YOURSELF BE GUIDED BY OUR AUTO-COMPLETE SYSTEM

When you enter a search query, our auto-complete system will start up after the third letter typed, suggesting the most useful query for your search.
Let yourself be guided by its suggestions.
If the word or words that you have in mind do not appear amongst the suggestions, it is possible that your search will not obtain the desired results. After attempting the search, if it is unsuccessful, try using synonyms.

TRY TO AVOID PARTICULARLY LONG OR DETAILED SEARCH TERMS

You do not always have to fully define search terms to achieve the desired results. It is better to perform a more general search and then “filter” the results using our specific search filters.
Learn how to use our Search Filters >

AVOID APOSTROPHES, ACCENTED LETTERS, ARTICLES, AND PREPOSITIONS

Learn more about Search Terms >

USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEARCH OPERATION

• The system recognizes the inflections of the chosen language and declines terms in their singular/plural and masculine/feminine (where applicable).
• The search system uses algorithms to “weigh” the relevance of the photos in the search and lists the results in descending order of relevance.
• In the case of a search inquiry containing multiple terms, priority is given to the result that most closely adheres to the composed string; only after are partial matches listed.
• In addition to searching the input words, the system expands the results using algorithms that implement the following criteria:
- synonyms: for example, a search of 'car' is expanded to include the keyword 'automobile'
- correlation: for example, a search for 'parking lot' integrates the word 'car'
- inclusion: for example, a search for Palazzo Vecchio will also return photos of the Salon de' Cinquecento (the Hall of the Five Hundred) located inside.