University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh
Writing Style Manual

Table of Contents





A »

  • Abbreviations
    1. Streets, avenues, roads, boulevards
    2. Days of the week, months of the year
    3. Acronyms
    4. City and state
    5. Pluralizing lowercase single-letter abbreviations
    6. Beginning a sentence
  • Addresses
    1. Addresses in copy
    2. Full mailing addresses
    3. Separating elements with commas
  • Apostrophe
    1. Plurals of figures, years, or abbreviations
    2. Plurals of letters and academic grades
    3. Possessives of abbreviations
    4. Degrees
    5. Year of graduation

B »

C »

D »

  • Dashes
    1. Em dashes
    2. En dashes
    3. Hyphens
  • Dates, Years
    1. Days of the month
    2. Commas with dates
    3. BC/AD and BCE/CE
    4. Inclusive years
    5. Plurals of years
    6. Referencing dates
  • Days
  • Degrees (academic)
    1. Abbreviations
    2. Doctorate
    3. Honors
    4. Certificates

E »

F »

G »

H »

  • Health Care
  • Health Sciences
  • Homecoming
  • Hospitals
  • Hyphens, Compounds
    1. Two-word compound adjectives before a noun
    2. Compound adjectives of three or more words before a noun
    3. Adverbs ending in -ly before an adjective
    4. Compound adjectives where the second word ends in -ed
    5. Nouns that represent different and equally important functions
    6. Prefixes
    7. Self- and ex- compounds
    8. Suffixes

I »

J »

L »

  • Laboratories
  • Latin Terms
    1. Latin terms in text
    2. Emeritus, emeriti
    3. Résumé, curriculum vitae, vita, CV
    4. Plurals of Latin terms
  • Lectures, Lecture Series
  • Lists (vertical, numbered, bulleted)
    1. Commas and periods
    2. Commas and periods with complete sentences
    3. Semicolons and periods with complete sentences
    4. Periods with series items that are complete sentences themselves
    5. Punctuating letters or numbers used to enumerate a list
    6. Capitalization of first words

M »

N »

O »

P »

Q »

  • Quotation Marks
    1. Placing commas and periods
    2. Placing colons and semicolons
    3. Placing a question mark, exclamation point, or dash
    4. Single quotation marks for quotations within a quotation
    5. Several paragraphs of a quotation
    6. Topics of talks, papers, or presentations

R »

S »

T »

  • Television Programs
  • Temperature
  • Terms
  • Tests
  • That/Which
  • Theses
  • Times
    1. Hours of the day, a.m. and p.m., noon and midnight, use of :00
    2. When used with o’clock
    3. Precise times
    4. Numbers of hours or minutes
    5. No commas between time and day or date
  • Titles of Persons
    1. General rule
    2. Courtesy titles and academic and professional degrees within text
    3. Standing alone without a name
    4. First, subsequent references
  • Titles (other)
    1. Books, television shows, movies, radio programs, plays
    2. Articles in magazines or newspapers
    3. Academic papers, dissertations, grant proposals, theses
    4. CDs, musical compositions, songs
    5. Lecture series, conferences, lectures, speeches

U »

W »

Y »



Appendices

Appendix 1:
Commonly Misused Words

Appendix 2:
Commonly Misspelled Words

Appendix 3:
School, College, and Campus Abbreviations

Appendix 4:
Postal Information and State Abbreviations

Appendix 5:
UPMC Hospitals

Appendix 6:
Department of News Services Exceptions

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