by Deborah Healey
People often say that you can find all sorts of great clip art
and this is true. With millions of pages online, just about everything
is online - somewhere. The problem comes in finding good, copiable,
free, clip art that suits your particular purpose. There are hundreds of
clip art sites online. The ones I use the most are:
Clip Art Connection for searchable images at www.clipartconnection.com. This site has tabs at the top that let you go to several other clip art sites, including Barry's ClipArt Server at www.barrysclipart.com. Barry's and Clip Art Connection are free, but not all of the other sites are. You need to watch where you type your search term, or you may end up searching a site that wants you to pay for images.
Animated gifs at Animation Library, www.animationlibrary.com/a-l/ (lots of ads) and www.webplaces.com/html/animations.htm. Because these are animated, they are most useful in web pages and PowerPoint slide shows - they don't move much on printed handouts.
Clip Art Searcher at www.webplaces.com/search/. This will find images, but not necessarily copyright-free ones. You will need to be selective or ask permission for most of the ones you find with this tool.
The English Server at Carnegie Mellon University (http://eserver.org/multimedia) has a small collection of art and audio that is freely downloadable.
Clip art links at Rick's Web Tools www.arrowweb.com/ymh/wtools.htm. This has a lot of links, so it's easy to end up spending way too much time clicking around if you're not careful.
Microsoft Graphics Library for clip art that works with Office at http://dgl.microsoft.com. This site works correctly with Internet Explorer, not with Netscape.
You can also use any search engine to look for clip art. Most of what you find is either commercial or copyrighted, so a note of caution is in order. If you use HotBot's gif option, it will come up with websites that are on the keyword you used and that have graphics. This does not necessarily make the graphics freely copiable. When in doubt, write to the webmaster to ask. The name of the webmaster should be at the bottom of the web page or in one of the links at or near the bottom.
|On Netscape, the menu looks something like this:
Click on Save Image As, and save it to disk.
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If you have questions, comments, or for more information, contact Deborah Healey, dhealey AT uoregon DOT edu
Last updated 26 June, 2009