Maps ETC: An online service of Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse

Maps ETC License

Maps ETC is copyright © 2007-2012 by the University of South Florida.

Educational Use. A maximum of twenty-five (25) maps may be used in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission. The use of more than twenty-five maps in a single project requires written permission from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF.

Credit. Please credit FCIT whenever a resource is used. If resources from this site are incorporated into a website, a link to must be included on your site. If you would like to help others find the Maps ETC site, you may choose to link to us with one of these banners or buttons instead of a text link.

Restrictions. No commercial use may be made of the maps on this site without written permission of FCIT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you require a link to Maps ETC if I use your maps on my website?
We want to help other students and teachers find this site. We realize how difficult it is for students and teachers to find good map sites without lots of advertising, endless links that go in circles, and redirects to inappropriate content. If we ask students and teachers who use our maps to link to our site, then more people will be able to use our collection.

How do I credit FCIT in printed projects?
If you are just using a few map items for decoration putting "Maps courtesy FCIT" in small print is sufficient. If you have more room please include the URL "" so that others can find the site. If you are including maps 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:

George F. Cram, Cram's Quick Reference Atlas and Gazetteer of the World (Chicago, Illinois: George F. Cram Series of Atlases, 1906) 32. "Florida, 1906." Retrieved July 1, 2007, from

Why do you have a copyright notice on really old maps?
It is true that the original maps that many items in this collection are based on have long passed into the public domain. However, by the time we have scanned, cropped, cut out backgrounds, fixed broken lines, simplified, sharpened, and otherwise cleaned up the original map, the result is a new map derived from the earlier map. The derivative work is protected by copyright even though the original is in the public domain.

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Maps 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 director.