Style Guide

People are often introduced to the college through the written word, either in our publications or on our website. We want them to concentrate on our messages and not be distracted by inconsistencies in style, spelling or punctuation. This editorial style guide provides a set of standards to help you in your communications with our external audiences so they are consistent, accurate and reflect well upon the College.

Letters A - H

-A-

academic adviser - "er" is the preferred spelling

academic degrees - Degree names are capitalized when the full title is used. Examples: Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing. With informal usage, such as associate's degree in respiratory care , there is no capitalization because it is not the proper name of the degree. The general usage for most degrees when abbreviating is to capitalize and not use periods. For example: AS in Respiratory Care.

addresses - the abbreviations Ave., Blvd., and St., may be used with a numbered address.

alumna - one female graduate

alumnae - more than one female graduate

alumnus - one male graduate

alumni - more than one graduate

-B-

-C-

campus address - U.S. mail should include the recipient's name or department name, office number (if known) and the official campus address: 720 N. 87th St., Omaha, NE 68114.

campus name - the official name for the college is Nebraska Methodist College - the Josie Harper Campus

campus buildings - the building on campus should be referred to as: the Riley-Leinart Center, the Clark Center and Josie's Village. Refer to the campus map for locations or directions.

coursework - one word

credentials - credentials should always be listed from highest to lowest (i.e. John Smith, PhD, RN)

curriculum - singular (curricula or curriculums in the plural)

-D-

days of the week - abbreviate only for tabular formats - these three-letter forms are used without a period: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun.

Dean's List - capitalize

degrees - associate, bachelor's, master's

degrees with distinction - Lowercase cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.

Dr. - For those who hold a PhD or EdD, the use of Dr. can be used as a courtesy title on first reference in writing. On second and subsequent references, the person's last name is used.

-E-

email - correspondence sent electronically

email address - lowercase, without a hyphen

email address (NMC) - your college email address should always be displayed in writing as Firstname.Lastname@methodistcollege.edu 

-F-

-G-

grade point average - No hyphens; GPA on second reference.

-H-

healthcare - one word is the preferred usage

home page - two words

housing- NMC's on campus housing is called Josie's Village

Letters I-P

-I- 

interdisciplinary - no hyphen

Internet - always capitalize

-J-

Josie's Village - NMC's on-campus housing

-K-

-L-

-M- 

Methodist Health System - NMC is an affiliate of the Methodist Health System

months - The following months are abbreviated when used with a specific date:

  • Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. Spell out the month when using alone or with a year - no comma is needed between the month and year. In a tabular format, these three-letter forms are used without a period: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.(The only exception is in a formal invitation, where the month may be spelled out with the date and year: January 1, 2010.)
  • When editorial copy includes a month, day and year, set off the year with commas: On Jan. 6, 2012, NMC students started the spring semester.

more than vs. over - More than specifies an amount; over refers to spatial relationships. Examples:

  • NMC was founded more than 125 years ago.
  • The medical helicopter often flies over campus.

-N-

numerals - Spell out numerals used at the beginning of a sentence. In text, numerals one through nine are spelled out; use numerals for 10 and above. In a sentence where a series of numerals is used, follow the same guidelines.

  • Example: You can take four classes and earn 16 credits.
  • Exceptions: Always use numerals in text for ages, credit hours, page numbers, percentages, dates and addresses.

-O- 

official name - Nebraska Methodist College - the Josie Harper Campus

on-campus - hyphenated

online - one word

-P- 

PC - personal computer

percent - This is one word. In most uses, including text, spell out the word. Use the symbol (%) only in a table of figures.

postbaccalaureate - no hyphen

postdoctoral - no hyphen

postgraduate - no hyphen

postsecondary - no hyphen


Letters Q-Z

-Q-

-R-

-S-

seasons - fall or spring semester (References to seasons as well as academic semesters should be lowercase.)

-T-

telephone numbers - include the area code; use hyphens and parentheses. Example: (402) 354-7000

time - use numerals in all cases, except for noon and midnight. Always lowercase a.m. and p.m. and use periods. Do not use zeros with on-the-hour times.

titles of works - Use quotation marks around titles of the following: books, movies and plays; short stories and poems; magazine and newspaper articles; musical compositions; lectures and speeches; art exhibits or individual paintings; television and radio show titles; and titles of individual episodes of a show.

The names of magazines, newspapers, reference works and journals are used in editorial text without quotation marks around them.

-U-

URL - All caps; acronym for Uniform Resource Locator, which is the term for World Wide Web addresses.

URLs - World Wide Web addresses should be lowercase, with no spaces between the characters. At present, include the "http://" or other server designation at the beginning of the URL. Not all WWW browsers automatically insert this information, and not all WWW servers are http servers.

-V-

-W-

Web - Capitalize when used as an alternate term for Internet.

website - one word, lowercase

-X-

-Y-

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