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ParticiPics allows you to:

  1. Search for pictographs (find images that communicates your thoughts)
  2. Download pictographs (save the image to your computer)
  3. Download and use templates

1. Searching pictographs

  1. Enter a search term into the search bar.
  2. Select one of the results from the dropdown menu. If there is no dropdown, it means the pictographs have not been categorized using that particular term. However, there may still be relevant pictographs for you to use - please try to using a broader category as your search term. For example, search for “fruit” instead of “apple”; “decision making” instead of “yes”; or “question” instead of “who”.

    ParticiPics are categorized using the Sears List of Subject Headings, a system of categorization based on that used by the Library of Congress. While this may feel different from typical image searches, categorizing by subjects in a hierarchical structure can allow for fewer irrelevant search results and the ability to look at broader or narrower categories.

  3. Review your results and select the pictograph that you want. You can narrow your results by type using the sidebar on the right.
  4. If you don’t see a suitable pictograph in the search results, be sure to check out the Broader Terms, Narrower Terms, or Related Terms, under the results, by clicking “View More”. This may not be available for every search term.

2. Download pictographs [save our pictographs on your computer]

There are 3 ways of downloading images from ParticiPics:

Download multiple images

  1. Find your desired pictograph on the search results page.
  2. Hover over the pictograph.
  3. Grab the pictograph with your mouse and drag it into the large folder on the left hand side of the search results.
  4. Continue adding pictographs to “your folder” until you are ready to download them all.
  5. Click the “Download” link under the folder on the left hand side. The pictographs will be downloaded as a .zip file.

Download a single pictograph

  1. Find your desired pictograph on the search results page.
  2. Hover over the pictograph and click the “Download” icon to download the pictograph.

On the pictograph detail page

  1. Find your desired pictograph on the search results page.
  2. Hover over the pictograph and click “View Details” to go to the pictograph detail page.
  3. On the pictograph detail page click the “Download” link beside the pictograph size you want to download.

3. Download and use templates

To support your use of ParticiPics, we have created free PDF templates that can be downloaded from the Useful Templates page.

Download Templates

  1. Find your desired template on the Useful Templates page
  2. Click the ‘Download ’ link underneath the desired template. The templates will be downloaded as a PDF file. To use them, you will need the free program, Adobe Reader, to open and edit the templates. You will not be able to do so in your web browser (i.e. Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer).

    If you are unsure where your internet browser saves files, you can right-click on Download and select “Save link as” to assign where you would like the template to be saved. Then go the location on your computer where the template is saved to open it in Adobe Reader.

Open Template with Adobe Reader

  1. 1. Open the template with Adobe Reader from the location where you saved it (commonly your computer's "Downloads" folder, depending on your web browser’s settings). You may also be asked to install Adobe Flash Player

Insert images to the template

  1. Click on Image Here
  2. In the file browser, find and select (double-click) the image you would like to insert to the template. For pictographs downloaded from ParticiPics, they will often be in your computer’s “Downloads” folder, depending on your web browser’s settings.

Add keywords to the templates

Key words are the words in a conversation that establish the topic and carry meaning (e.g. nouns and verbs). They capture the most important concepts and should be in simple language and single words or short phrases.

  1. Click on the blue box that says (text here)
  2. Type in your keywords