All writing begins with ideas. But how do you translate your nebulous thoughts into concise, coherent prose? The Hamilton College Style Sheet is designed to aid us, the students, in our constant quest for knowledge and course credit. Whether your question is about subject-verb agreement, footnoting, or what font size, the Style Sheet will tell you what Hamilton professors expect from their students, and what we as writers should expect from ourselves.

The Writing Process

A brief but thorough guide to getting started, getting through it, and getting finished.


For whom are you writing? Why does it matter? Why are we here? The answers to these and other existential enigmae.

Organizing Your Paper

Standards for different kinds of writing assignments.

Essentials of English Usage

Grammar, unmasked. Click here to decipher professors' comments (e.g., "ps," "cg," and "m"), clean up your writing, or actively eliminate passive voice.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Learn what it is and how to stay away from it.

Bryce Fan '20

Find Your Voice

What good is having a great idea if you can’t communicate it effectively? We’ll teach you how to express yourself through writing and speaking, of course, but also through digital communications and artistic expression — all of which will help you stand out no matter what path you choose after graduation.

Help us provide an accessible education, offer innovative resources and programs, and foster intellectual exploration.

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