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STYLE GUIDE

One measure of good writing is consistency. To that end, University Communications has compiled this style guide to help achieve a consistent image across the variety of written communication materials that represent UCI, including brochures, news releases, periodicals and Web sites. Please use it in preparing your own publications, and share it with writers to whom you outsource assignments. All communications materials created by University Communications will adhere to this guide. This is a companion to the campus’s Graphic Identity Standards and Nomenclature Guidelines.

The Associated Press Stylebook and Reference Manual serves as our primary reference for word usage, spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation. An additional resource, The Chicago Manual of Style, also provides extensive information on copy editing and manuscript preparation. We recommend Webster’s New World Dictionary and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Where discrepancies exist, the UCI Style Guide takes precedence.

KEY TO ENTRIES:
This style guide is organized alphabetically. Click on any of the links below to see each entry (unlinked terms don’t have attached explanations). Entry names, in Arial bold type, indicate lowercase or capitalization as appropriate. Body text, in Times New Roman, explains usage. Examples of correct and incorrect usage are shown in italics, except where the use of italics would be confusing to the example given.




A-B   C-D   E-F   G-H   I-J   K-L   M-N   O-P   Q-R   S-T   U-V   W-X   Y-Z
A
a.m., p.m.
abbreviations and acronyms
academic degrees
academic majors
academic titles
academic units
academic years
ACE
ad hoc
addresses
adjunct faculty member
administration, administrator
adviser
advisory
African American
ages
all time, all-time
alumni class years
alumnus, alumni, alumna, alumnae
American Indian
American Medical Association
among, between
ampersand (&)
annual
another
Anteater Aquatics Complex
Anteater Ballpark
Anteater Recreation Center
Anteater Stadium
anticipate, expect
Arboretum
Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering
Asian
Asian American
assistant
association
at large
athletics director
attorney, lawyer
avenue
B
baby boomer
baccalaureate
bachelor of arts, bachelor of science
back up
Band-Aid
because, since
Beckman Laser Institute
Berkeley Place
between
biannual, biennial
bias-free language
Bible
billion
bimonthly
Biological Sciences, School of
birth name
birthday
biweekly
black
blind
board
Bonney Research Laboratory
Bookstore, the UCI
Bren Events Center
build-out
building and facility names
Business, The Paul Merage School of
C
Calif.
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology
campaign
campaign manager
campus
campus offices and services
campuswide
Campuswide Honors Program (CHP)
capitalization
carpool/carpooling
catalog, cataloged, cataloger, cataloging
century
Chancellor Michael Drake
Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series
Chicano, Chicana, Hispanic, Latino, Mexican American
Child Development Center
CHOC Children's Hospital
Cicerone Field
Claire Trevor Professors
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Claire Trevor Theatre
co-director
coed
college and university names
College of Health Sciences
colloquium, colloquia
colon
comma
commencement
committee
company names
composition titles
corporations
courtesy titles
CPR
Crawford Hall
Creative Connections
Cross-Cultural Center
cum laude
currently
D
dash
data
database
dates
day care
daylong
dean
dean's list
decades
degrees
department names
Department of Education
dialogue, dialogued, dialoguing
different, various
directions and regions
director
disabled
disc/disk
diseases
disinterested
dissociate
divorcee
doctor
doctoral, doctorate
Donald Bren Endowment
Donald Bren Professors
Donald R. and Joan F. Beall Center for Art & Technology
Dottie & George Hewitt Research Hall
Down syndrome
E
e-mail
e-words
e.g.
Early Childhood Education Center
east
elderly
ellipsis (...)
emergency room
emeritus
employee
endowed chairs and professorships
Engineering Gateway
Engineering Instructional Facility
Engineering Laboratory Facility
Engineering Lecture Hall
Engineering Tower
Engineering, The Henry Samueli School of
Environmental Health & Safety
ERA
espresso
ethnic group designations
ex officio
ex-
exhibitions
F
Facilities Management Shops
faculty
Faculty Research Facility
fall, fall quarter
farther, further
fax
federal
fellow, fellowship
firepit
foreign words and phrases
Founders' Court
fractions
Francisco J. Ayala Science Library
freelance
freshman/freshmen
from/to
FTE
Fulbright
full time/full-time
fundraiser/fundraising
G
Gateway Study Center
gay and/or lesbian
GED
gender neutrality
genus, species
Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility
Gottschalk Medical Plaza
government agencies
grade point average, GPA
grades
groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony
H
handicap
healthcare
Hispanic
historical periods and events
home page
homecoming
honors
Humanities Center
Humanities, School of
hyphen
I
i.e.
in-residence
Inc.
Indian
Information & Computer Sciences, Donald Bren School of
initials
Internet
IOU, IOUs
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Irvine Company
Irvine Hall
Irvine, City of
J
Jack Langson Library
job descriptions
John V. Croul Hall
Jr.
junior
K
Kreiger Hall
L
lady
Latino
Lauds & Laurels
Laurel L. Wilkening Rose Garden
Law, School of
lecturer, lectures, lectureships
legislative titles
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
M
magazine names
magna cum laude
maiden name
majors
man, mankind
master of arts, master of science
McGaugh Hall
Medal, University of California, Irvine
Medfly
medical center
Medicine, School of
medieval
Mesa Arts Building
Mesa Office Building
Mexican American
Middle Ages, the
middle class
military titles
million
money
monthlong
more than
Moslem
Mother Nature
motion pictures
multicultural
multiethnic
Multipurpose Science & Technology Building
Murray Krieger Hall
Music & Media Building
Muslim
N
names
Natural Sciences
news release
newspaper names
Nixon Theatre
Nobel laureate
non
northern
Northern California
numbers
O
off campus/on campus
Office for Disability Services
Old Testament
Olympics
one-sided
online
orthopaedic, orthopedic
Oval Office
over
overall
owner
P
paintings
parentheses
Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's law
part time/part-time
percent
periods of history
Phineas Banning Alumni House
Phoenix Grille
physical handicaps
Physical Sciences Research Facility
Physical Sciences, School of
plants
plays
Plumwood House
plurals
poems
possessives
postdoctoral
presently
presidency
President
presidential
principal/principle
prior to
professor
program
Protestant
Public Broadcasting System
Pulitzer Prize
punctuation
pupil
Q
quarters
quotations and quotation marks
Qureshey Research Laboratory
R
race
rain forest
Reeve-Irvine Research Center
regarding
Regent's Scholars
regents
Reines Hall
religions, religious affiliations
Renaissance
Reverend
Ring Mall
Rockwell Engineering Center
room
Rowland Hall
RSVP
S
saint
Samueli School
Scholastic Aptitude Test
School of Law
seasons
second reference
Seeing Eye dog
semiannual
senior
senior citizen
service marks
sexism
slide show
Social Ecology, School of
Social Science Laboratory
Social Science Plaza
Social Science Tower
Social Sciences, School of
southern
Southern California
spacing
split infinitives
Sprague Hall
spring
spring break
square feet
Sr.
state
state names
stationary/stationery
stem cell
street
Student Health Center
student-athlete
summa cum laude
summer
Summer Session
Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine
syllabus, syllabuses
symphony
synagogue
systemwide
T
T-shirt
Tamkin Student Lecture Building
teaspoon, teaspoonfuls
technical terms
teenager, teenage
telephone numbers
television program titles
temperatures
tense
that, which, who, whom
The, the
theater
Thomas T. & Elizabeth C. Tierney University House
three-dimensional
time of day
titles
top-tier
toward
Town and Gown
trademarks
trustee
TV
U
UC Irvine Douglas Hospital
UC Irvine Extension
UC Irvine magazine
UCI Bookstore
UFO, UFOs
ultra
under
under way
unique
United States
university
University Center
University Club
University Montessori School
University of California
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Irvine Foundation
University of California, Irvine Health Affairs
University of California, Irvine Healthcare
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
University Physicians & Surgeons
University Tower
universitywide
unpublished works
URL
V
VA Long Beach Medical Center
various, different
Verano Preschool
vice president
vice versa
videotape
Vietnamese American
visiting professor
Vista Field
vitamins
vivarium, vivariums
W
wastebasket
weather
Web
weeklong
well-being
which
who, whom
whole-wheat
winter
Women's Opportunities Center
word breaks
World Wide Web
world-renowned
X
Y
year-end
yearlong
years
youth
Z
zigzag
ZIP code
ZotMail
ZotZine

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