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Smithsonian Libraries encourage the use of images and other content from this website for not for profit educational and classroom use.

If you have used Smithsonian Libraries content in a classroom or for a school assignment, please let us know! The Libraries always like to stay abreast of how our content is being used and ways we may be able to make it more useful for you. Please send us a note at libmail@si.edu to let us know how we have helped you or to offer us suggestions for additional content for the website.

Some Frequently Asked Questions by Students and Teachers

May I put unaltered images, text or content from this website on a closed and restricted database at my school or museum?

  • Yes, if there is no charge for the user and if electronic distribution is limited to educational use for a specific purpose or limited duration. The images must remain unaltered. All of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration, and the citation should include a link back to Smithsonian Institution Libraries (http://www.sil.si.edu).

May I put unaltered images, text or content from this website on my personal website?

  • Yes, so long as the site displays no advertisements and no sponsors, does not charge a fee for services, and does not offer any product or service for sale. The images must remain unaltered, and all of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration, and the citation should include a link back to Smithsonian Institution Libraries (http://www.sil.si.edu).

May I put images, text or content from this website on another general access website or CD-ROM?

  • No, unless permission has been obtained in advance from the Smithsonian Institution. See Image Use Fees.

May I print selected images or text excerpts from this website for a school report?

  • Yes, if it is a personal or academic work, and not for publication in any medium. The images must remain unaltered, and all of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration. This type of use is encouraged; all other forms of publication are expressly prohibited.

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