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Editorial Style Guide

 

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Foreword

The IIT Editorial Style Guide exists to help everyone at Illinois Institute of Technology who writes or edits copy. This guide takes the guesswork out of writing according to IIT standards. What is the preferred term? Which words do we capitalize? What conventions should we follow?

The guidelines stem from three main sources: (1) The Chicago Manual of Style; (2) The Associated Press Style Book; and (3) IIT practices, preferences, and conventions. The IIT Editorial Style Guide is by no means a complete list of all editorial style rules, but rather a compilation of common issues that arise as well as IIT preferences.

Recommended resources for the study of correct usage include The Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago) and The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White.
For spelling, rely on any major desk dictionary and your computer’s spelling and grammar checker.

Items in the IIT Editorial Style Guide are arranged alphabetically. Several lists appear in the back:

  • Academic major key
  • Academic units of Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Campuses of Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Degrees offered, abbreviations
  • IIT research centers
  • State name abbreviations
  • Supplementary resources and authorities

This guide is updated annually.

Last updated February 2010.

 

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