Hamilton's Editorial Style Guide was developed by the Communications Office to assist campus colleagues who write and prepare College messages. The goal is to achieve a consistent, standardized style throughout our communications, both print and electronic.
The Communications Office uses the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook as its primary style reference. As a result, this guide is not intended to be comprehensive. It addresses some of the more troublesome areas, as well as instances where Hamilton College style supersedes AP style.
Please note that style for academic writing may differ from this guide. Students preparing papers for classes should consult Essentials of Writing: The Hamilton College Style Sheet.
Other helpful resources:
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Garner's Modern American Usage, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition (2009)
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., E.B. White and Roger Angell, Longman, 4th Edition (1999)
The Elements of Style online by William Strunk, Jr.
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Should you have additional questions or suggestions regarding the College's editorial style, contact Stacey Himmelberger or Maureen Nolan in the Communications Office.
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Updated: November 2013