FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about ClipArt ETC
- Why did you make ClipArt ETC?The Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) supports the appropriate integration of technology in the classroom. We believe students should actively use technology to create their own content. To do this, students (and teachers) need the raw materials with which to build their own presentations and publications. As educators, we know how frustrating it is to search for clipart on the Internet. Dancing Teddy bears are easy to find. More significant content is much harder. Our goal is to offer a quality collection of resources for the classroom. We are building this collection as quickly as time and funding allow. We always welcome hearing your suggestions and comments.
- Why are some of the captions out of date?Captions are taken directly from the original sources when possible. Please note the date of the source you are using. The information, attitudes, and terminology reflect the original source in many cases. We believe that retaining the original captions adds historical and educational value to this collection. In some cases, such as political cartoons, the bias of the original cartoonist should be obvious and is an important part of the educational value of the illustration. In other cases the bias in the text is more subtle, such as when a particular animal is described as of "little value," but can still be used in the classroom as an example of changing cultural attitudes. When the spelling of a word has changed, we try to add the modern spelling to the keywords field so that you can still find it using the search engine.
- Can I use these images for commercial purposes?We created this site for students and teachers to use for non-commercial projects. However, in response to hundreds and hundreds of commercial requests, we have added a shopping cart system to the site for those who would like to license any of the images commercially. Please see the Licensing page for more information.
- How can I edit these graphics?See our page on editing graphics in the help section.
- How can I color black & white graphics?See our page on coloring graphics in the help section.
- How do I credit FCIT in printed projects?If you are just using a few clipart items for decoration putting "Clipart courtesy FCIT" in small print is sufficient. If you have more room please include the URL "http://etc.usf.edu/clipart" so that others can find the site. If you are including clipart as part of the content of a report, you should cite the illustration as you would do for any other source. Your teacher may specify a particular format for citing web sources. We have tried to make it easy for you by including information about the original source where one exists. In general you should include the original source, title of the item, when you downloaded it, and the URL where you found it. Here's an example:
Gray, Asa. The Elements of Botany for Beginners and for Schools. New York: The American Book Company, 1887. "Live oak leaves." Retrieved January 1, 2012, from http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/plants/live_oak_1.html.
- How much is this site used?ClipArt ETC averages over a million hits each per day.
- May I add a link to ClipArt ETC from my web site?Yes, of course! We appreciate text links. We also provide banners and buttons if you would like to add a graphic link from your website to ClipArt ETC.
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ClipArt ETC is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse and is funded by various grants. Produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida. Email the project manager.