Public Affairs

Reed College Style Guide

Public affairs has developed this style guide to allow college communicators to make quick, consistent, and reasonable decisions about capitalization, usage, and other challenges when developing copy, especially when writing for external audiences. These guidelines are intended to help ensure a reasonable amount of standardization in our communications, aid in the training of new employees, and, most importantly, promote a pleasant reading experience for our audiences.

In general, Reed relies for spelling on Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and for editorial style on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. The library maintains a subscription to the online version of the Chicago Manual of Style, which students, faculty, and staff can access when using Reed’s on-campus network or when using Reed’s Remote Access Proxy. A hard copy is available for reference in the public affairs office, Eliot 212.

The recommendations on spelling, style, and usage in Reed’s guide aim to address concerns specific to the Reed community; some of these points lie outside the scope of the Chicago style guide, others reflect an institutional choice to depart from Chicago. In addition, some issues are so commonly encountered that it seemed best to include information on them here.

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