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Writing Style Guide

The intent of Case Western Reserve University's editorial style guide is to help writers, editors and other communication professionals across campus present ideas and information clearly and consistently. Style refers to an organization's guidelines for consistency in how words, phrases, typographical elements, etc., are to be used—or not used. Having a style guide that serves as a standard puts writers, editors and other communication professionals in a strong position. It shows that the university thinks carefully about how language is used, that it is committed to professionalism and the highest standards of service to partners and clients, and that it matters how the university's message is expressed.

The university recognizes that a style guide is an evolving document and should be updated regularly. New situations, new words and new kinds of communications will continue to develop and will require new treatment.

This style guide for the division maintains the standards outlined by University Marketing and Communications. Also incorporated into this guide are common scenarios from the additional authorities, as well as items specific to the division. The intention is that this guide is a one-stop reference for writing in the division. If you have a question about a particular style rule, find a mistake or notice an important omission, please contact us.

Authorities
  • Case Western Reserve University Editorial Style Guide, (2010)
  • The Associated Press Stylebook, 42nd Edition (2007)
  • Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition (1999)

To resolve issues of style, the guide is consulted first. Where the guide disagrees with the other sources, the guide is followed. When the guide does not answer a question, we use The Associated Press Stylebook (AP) for style and Webster's New World College Dictionary for spelling and hyphenation.