General, basic search in the data base Urban Images is done with the help of keywords; one can obtain the necessary information in the form of a visual or a list. Please, start the search using general terms and definitions that will give you the opportunity to obtain a bigger number of search results.

If you are not satisfied with the quality of the results received through the basic search, we recommend using an extended or advanced search that makes use of search limits. Specification is realized by means of using additional descriptions or subject limitations. To make the search easier, the search form is developed into a table that defines the following:

  • one of the possible keywords; for example, if you are looking for an image thematically connected with an ambulance, we recommend using several thematically related definitions – emergency, car, ambulance, medical, ambulatory, etc.
  • possible time frame, precise date (if the image is signed), and also the historic period; for example, the probable dates of existence or construction of the objects on the visual. The periods foresee several variants: Before 1800, First Half of the 19th Century, Second Half of the 19th Century, 1890-1914, First World War, etc.
  •  territorial location of the object or region that someone is looking for; for example Galychyna, Lviv, Uzhgorod, Zhovkva, Pinsk, etc.
  • possible execution technique; forexample, lithography, photography, engraving, postage, etc.
  • necessary topic or object which is defined in the category field; for example panoramas, streets, squares, parks, industry, etc
  • belonging to a certain collection, both state and private; for example, Ukrainian National Cinema Archive named after G. S. Pshenichny, State Archive of Lviv Region, Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Volodymyr Rumyantsev.

It is possible to see the complete list of variants of all the mentioned groups in the field-list of every article of the advanced search table.

To look for a specific phrase please use single or double quotation marks.

The search is not case sensitive – keywords in capital or small letters are identical.

*in the title of the image description we use the object modern name; in case it does not exit or changed its purpose, the old name is used with the note “old…” or “former…”; all the foreign last names are provided without translation or adaptation;

*in case the image is signed or catalogued, its author is referred to – either photographer or graphics artist;

*key words that use the names characteristic of the time of the visual creation are marked in the subject;

*the description offers the user a brief information about the object or event on the image;

*the next item of description gives the name of the visual’s publishing house or its publisher’s last name;

*in case the image is signed or catalogued, the date of its creation is provided; in case the date is not available, a certain time frame of its possible creation is mentioned;

*the next item gives the image format;

*the image copyright is an important description item. All the used images from public and private collections are thoroughly protected by our logo. At the same time, while their quality is satisfactory for reviewing, it is not sufficient for printing. When necessary, the Center of Urban History will act as a free of charge mediator between the owner of collection and possible publisher or researcher as to the copyright regulation;

*the last item of description contains all the possible signatures and signs that are not subject to the classification mentioned above; for example, additional information regarding the edition or publishing house; addresses and texts on the post-cards, possible notes or inscriptions in the margin.