Editorial Style Guide

For some of the more common stylistic concerns you may have, see the tabs below. Or see the complete Style Guide for more.

This publication has been designed by the Wilson College Office of Communications to help you prepare copy for a variety of uses, including the college website, printed publications and written materials, generally. It is divided into two sections: a quick-reference guide that addresses punctuation, capitalization, names and titles, degrees and other editorial style points that come up often, and a complete style guide, which is more in depth and also provides advice about usage, etc.

The purpose of these editorial guidelines is to help ensure consistent use of style, organization and terminology in all college communications. Inconsistencies take the focus off of content and make the reader wonder if the information is correct and credible.

This is not intended as a complete guide of grammar, punctuation, capitalization or writing style.  For questions related to writing style and not covered here, Wilson College uses the following approved sources, in order of preferred use:

  • Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (latest edition)
  • Webster’s New World College Dictionary (latest edition)
  • The Elements of Style, William Strunk and E.B. White (latest edition)

If you are considering submitting material for publication in the near future, we encourage you to make an appointment with the director to discuss various aspects of the intended publication. To make an appointment, or if you have questions concerning publications, call our office at 717-262-2607 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Editorial Style Guide