This guide is intended to facilitate consistency in written communications geared to the general public and is not intended for students or faculty members writing academic papers. Communications targeted to scientific, technical, or specific audiences or for the Web may require a different style.
 
a, per
abbreviations (See also acronyms)
abbreviations of foreign phrases
academic degrees
academic departments, colleges, offices (See departments)
academic titles (See also titles)
acronyms (See also abbreviations)
addresses
adviser
affect,effect
African American (See also nonbiased language)
ages
alumni
a.m., p.m.
among, between
ampersand (&)
Anglo (See nonbiased language)
Asian American (See nonbiased language)
assure, ensure, insure
athletics
awards, fellowships, medals, prizes, scholarships
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science (See academic degrees)
beside, besides
black, Black American (See African American and nonbiased language)
blog
board (See also Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System)
Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System (See also Colorado State University System)
book titles (See also composition titles)
buildings, places
Business Reply Mail (See addresses)
Cabinet
capitalization
Caucasian,white (See also nonbiased language)
century
chairman, chairwoman
chapters
Chicano, Chicana (See nonbiased language)
cities
colleges
Colorado State University (See also athletics; capitalization; names)
Colorado State University Extension
commas
committee
complement, compliment
compose,comprise, constitute
composition titles (See also book titles; conference titles, journal titles; musical titles; newspaper and newsletter titles)
compound words (See hyphens)
comprise (See compose, comprise, constitute)
computer terminology (See e-mail; Internet; URL; Web)
conference titles
contractions
Cooperative Extension (See Colorado State University Extension)
countries (See also nonbiased language)
course titles and numbers
course work
dash
dates (See also decades and years)
days of the week
dean
decades
degrees, academic (See academic degrees)
degrees, temperature (See measurements)
departments, offices, centers
dimensions (See measurements)
directions, regions
disabilities (See nonbiased language)
diversity (See nonbiased language and nondiscrimination statements)
effect (See affect, effect)
ellipsis (See also quotations)
e-mail
emeritus
entitled, titled
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (See also nonbiased language)
essential, nonessential clauses (See also that, which, who)
ethnicity, ethnic origin (See nonbiased language)
events
Extension (See Colorado State University Extension)
farther, further
fax
fellow, fellowships
fewer (See also under, less than, fewer than)
fiscal year
foreign names, words (See also abbreviations of foreign phrases)
Fort
fractions
fundraising, fundraiser
gender-specific language (See nonbiased language)
governor
grade point average, GPA
grades, grader
graphic standards (See the Communications Toolbox at graphicstandards.colostate.edu)
greater (See over, greater than, more than)
hall
handicap (See nonbiased language)
Hispanic (See nonbiased language)
historic, historical
homecoming
honors (See also academic degrees)
hyphen (See also dash and prefixes, suffixes)
information technology
in order to
Internet (See also computer terminology; URL; WWW)
italics
its, it's
job titles (See also names; academic degrees; titles of people)
journal titles (See also composition titles)
K
languages
Latino, Latina (See nonbiased language)
lectures, lecture series
legislative titles
legislature
less than (See also fewer and under)
letter style
lists (See also commas; parallel structure; semicolons; series)
login, log on, logoff
long form vs. abbreviations (See also: abbreviations)
long term, long-term
long time, longtime
magazine titles and articles (See also italics and composition titles)
majors and programs of study
man, mankind (See nonbiased language)
measurements (See also time)
millions, billions
minorities (See nonbiased language and nondiscrimination statements)
money
months (See also also dates; time; events)
more than, over, greater than
movie titles
mph
musical titles
names (See also titles and Colorado State University)
national heritage, countries of origin (See nonbiased language)
Native American (See nonbiased language)
newspaper and newsletter titles (See also composition titles)
nonbiased language
nondiscrimination statements
nonrestrictive clauses (See essential,nonessential clauses)
numbers, numerals, figures (See also also million, billions)
offices (See also departments)
ordinal numbers
over, greater than, more than
page numbers
paired conjunctions (See also parallel structure and plurals Ðagreement)
parallelstructure, parallel construction (See also also lists)
parentheses
per, a
percent
periods (See also ellipsis)
Ph.D. (See academic degrees)
phrases (See also essential, nonessential clauses)
places (See also buildings and places and state names)
plurals
plurals agreement
p.m., a.m.
political parties, movements
possessives
precede, proceed, proceeds
prefixes, suffixes
prepositions
president
principal,principle
program
pronouns (See also that,which, who and who, whom)
proper nouns
punctuation (See also commas; dash; ellipses; hyphens; periods; semicolons)
question mark
quotations, quotation marks
race (See nonbiased language)
radio programs, radio station
rooms (See buildings and places)
scholarships (See awards, fellowships, medals, prizes, scholarships)
school districts
scientific terminology
seasons
second or subsequent references (See also acronyms and names)
semesters
semicolons
Sept. 11, 2001
series (See also lists)
[sic]
spaces following periods (See also typography)
speech titles (See also composition titles)
spelling (See entries of specific words or word pairs)
split infinitives (See verbs)
state board (See Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System)
state names
streets (See addresses)
student designations
subject-verb agreement (See plurals Ðagreement)
suffixes (See prefixes, suffixes)
superscript
telephone numbers (See also numerals)
television
temperature (See measurements)
than, then
that
that, which, who (See also essential, nonessential phrases)
theater, theatre
time
title capitalization (sometimes called title case)
titled (See entitled, titled)
titles of people (See also names)
toward, towards
trademarks
truly
TV (See also television)
typography
under, less than, fewer than
University (See Colorado State University)
United States
upon
URL (See also World Wide Web)
utilize, utilization
verbs
videotape
Web (See Internet)
Web page
website, webcam, webcast, webmaster
weekdays (See days of the week)
which (See that, which, who)
white, Caucasian (See also nonbiased language)
who, whom
-wide (See prefixes, suffixes)
World Wide Web (See Internet)
years (See also also numerals; century; dates)
ZIP codes (See also addresses)