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Editor's Manual

A style guide prepared by
News and Information Services
University of Southern Indiana

Writing for and about the University of Southern Indiana

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This manual is a resource for persons who write or edit text for USI publications and content for the USI web site. It is intended to help bring consistency to publications and online communication that use the USI logo, represent the University to a broad and largely off-campus audience, or invite participation in USI programs or events.

This manual covers grammar, spelling, and punctuation including terminology specific to USI. It addresses many of the most commonly asked questions about USI style and common errors.

It is not a comprehensive style guide. The News and Information Services staff uses the recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and the Associate Press Stylebook for general reference.

The style guidelines, though flexible, are meant to be followed as much as possible in the interest of a unified University image. Brochures, bulletins, and other materials containing information about University programs, services, and activities are approved by the vice president for University Relations or designee before distribution by appropriate offices.

News and Information Services recognizes there will be exceptions to these rules. When this occurs, consistency must be maintained throughout the document. To ensure consistency, editors should develop style sheets, style sheets list the preferred usage (email, not e-mail; Internet, not internet) and helps eliminate confusion and increase readability. Consistency enhances the professional image of a project.

The manual is organized in alphabetical order. Many entries simply indicate how a word or phrase should be spelled or capitalized. Questions about the manual or other style questions may be directed to the Office News and Information Services, 465-7050, or email Kathy Funke.

Revised October 2008

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