Editorial Style Guide
The Communications Office uses the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook as its primary style reference, and, as a result, many of guidelines in this directory reflect rules of that resource. 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 the Writing Center’s Style Sheet.
Other Helpful Resources:
- Merriam-Webster Online DictionaryOxford University Press, 4th edition (2016)
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
- Garner’s Modern American Usage
Should you have additional questions or suggestions regarding the College’s editorial style, contact Stacey Himmelberger in the Communications Office.
Updated: October 2021