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Terms and Conditions of Use for The Chicago Manual of Style Online

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As a current individual subscriber to CMOS Online,  a member of a group with a current subscription to CMOS Online, or an Authorized User of an institution with a current subscription to CMOS Online, you may access, search, and view CMOS content, including the digitized version of The Chicago Manual of Style, the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide, and the Chicago Style Q&A.

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If you submit any content to be included on the CMOS website such as questions for the Chicago Style Q&A or posts to CMOS Users Forum, you are responsible for ensuring that it is free of all hazards and does not infringe any copyright or other legal rights of a third party. Posting any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, or inappropriately sexual material or any other material that may violate any applicable laws is strictly prohibited and may result in your immediate and permanent ban from use of CMOS. Any content you submit may be re-used by the Press free of royalty and without attribution.


The Press will have no liability for any loss or damage arising out of use or inability to use any CMOS content. The Press will have no liability for content submitted by users of CMOS. The Press makes no representations, warranties, or endorsements with respect to any third-party website that may be accessible through the CMOS website. The Press does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of information contained in CMOS, or its merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Material may change at any time without notice. The Press does not guarantee that CMOS will be accessible in any particular hardware or software environment.

The Press will make reasonable efforts to ensure that CMOS is available on a 24-hour basis, excluding normal network administration and system down time, but if access is suspended or interrupted, liability will be limited to restoring access as soon as possible. Version 5.0, November 2011.