The Dirksen Center's
Editorial Cartoon Collection consists of two components:
Chronological Listing permits browsing through thumbnail images of each
cartoon with some textual matter. Each thumbnail image follows the another
according to date. Each list of thumbnails consists of ten GIF images.
Moving from one list to another is done by clicking on the "Previous" or "Next" links
at the top of each page. Each thumbnail image is linked to another image,
the larger image version.
The larger images contain more text, including the full caption of the
cartoon, links to the related lesson plan, a link to an even larger JPEG
image, and descriptors for each cartoon. Other images with the same designation
from the Subject Listing page can be pulled up by selecting one of the
To get back to the Chronological Listing, click your browser's
"Back" button and click on the "Chronological Listing" inkblot image
found at the top of the page. To access the Chronological Listing from
this page, click
Subject Listing works in the following two ways:
- As a textual index similar to indexes found at the back of books.
It is organized alphabetically and includes "see" and "see
also's." Clicking on any of the topics brings up all the cartoons
(thumbnail images) associated with that particular topic. The thumbnail
images are arranged in tile fashion. To see the larger image with textual
content, click on the "View Full Size" link found beneath
each thumbnail image. NOTE: NOT on the thumbnail image itself.
- The thumbnail images act as links to additional sets of thumbnail
images with related subjects. For example, you found a cartoon including
a picture of Dirksen. This cartoon might be part of the topic "Dirksen" and
would pull up along with all the other thumbnail images portraying "Dirksen" using
the appropriate subject heading.
At this point, clicking on the actual image in the "Dirksen" topic
tile listing, the second attribute, in this example, "surgery," is
selected and all the thumbnail images portraying something related
to surgery appear. This allows the subject headings to be hot–wired
into the links.
Clicking on one of the actual thumbnail images makes
it easy to go from one subject to another rather than having to look
in the Subject Listing each time. However, you still have the option
to go back to the Subject Listing by clicking on the "Go to the
Subject Listing" link.
For a more refined search, click on "View Full Size" and
select one the descriptors to the right of the image.
To access the Subject Listing from this page, click
Value of Cartoons for Educational Purposes