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					         U.S. WRITING AND PUBLICATION STYLE (for catalogs and copy)

    usage must be consistent throughout document (except quotations and
    American spelling, punctuation, hyphenation should always be used
      (except British quotations/endorsements)
    use Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, available at
    use the current American Psychological Association Style for style,
      grammar, citation, etc. See this link for models:

    use USA without the article “the” preceding that complete abbreviation.
      Example: The university was in USA.

    no use serial comma: apples, bananas, and oranges. Use instead: apples,
      bananas and oranges.
    spell out and , NOT & (exceptions for headlines)
    no spaces on either side of an em-dash: It should look—like this.
    American date style: December 15, 1925, NOT 15 Dec 1925
    use en-dashes for inclusive numbers or dates: February 9–15; also ―from
      1905 to 1908‖ or ―the 1905–1908 period,‖ NOT ―from 1905–1908‖
    In quotes, no ellipsis before the first word or after the last word,
      even if the end of the original sentence has been omitted. Also, always
      use three-dot ellipses, never four-dot ellipses (period plus ellipses)
      in copy and endorsements. Original: "I think it is fantastic
      scholarship and a great read for everyone." Quote: "Fantastic
      scholarship . . . a great read."
    include spaces between dots of an ellipsis: . . . NOT …

    spell out numbers one to ten and all even round numbers (five hundred)
      (exceptions for headlines); use numerals for 11 and up
    spell out ordinal numbers: nineteenth century, NOT 19th century or XIX
      century (exceptions for headlines)
    the eighties or the 1980s, NOT 1980‘s or the ‗80s
    spell out simple fractions: two-thirds
    always use numerals for percentages, spell percent: 5 percent, NOT five
      per cent or 5%

    acknowledgments (NOT acknowledgements)
    bestselling (n), bestselling (adj), NOT best selling or best-selling
    bestseller NOT best-seller (He was the bestselling author of several
    ebook, NOT eBook or e-book
    email, NOT e-mail
    foreword (introductory section of a book) v. forward (direction)
    Googling; to Google; I Googled it
    NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; NBC's Nightly News (look at official names on
    Publishers Weekly NOT Publisher's Weekly
    toward, NOT towards
     United States (spell out) for noun; U.S. (with periods) for adjective
      only: U.S. foreign policy
     website not Web site (runs counter to Webster's)

    items in any list, vertical or run in to text, must be parallel in
      structure (same syntax/grammar)
    an item in a vertical list that forms a complete sentence should be
      followed by punctuation
    in a vertical numbered list, a period follows the numeral and each item
      begins with a capital letter; in a run-in numbered list the number goes
      in parentheses (1) with no period
    in a bulleted list, each item begins with a lowercase letter if each
      item is a fragment, but with a capital letter if each item is a
      complete sentence in itself

    use that to introduce a restrictive clause; use which plus commas to
      set off nonrestrictive clauses: The report that the committee submitted
      was well documented; The report, which was well documented, was
      submitted to the committee.
    Use of articles with periodical names. When the article appears on the
      masthead (as it does for The New York Times) use the article in
      attributions, as in—
      ―He‘s great!‖—The New York Times
      In a sentence, also use the article as part of the name of the
      publication when an article is not called for in the sentence—"He
      writes for The New York Times.‖
      But, when the sentence itself demands an article, use it lowercase and
      "He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Battle for Peace"
      not "He is the author of the The New York Times bestseller Battle for
      Peace" and not "He is the author of The New York Times bestseller
      Battle for Peace." If you're confused, or don't know if the article
      appears in the periodical's masthead, ask production.
    newspapers/periodicals not in italics when part of a prize, building,
      etc.: Los Angeles Times Book Award
    lowercase professional title when on it‘s own or in the appositive, but
      capitalize when preceding name: When John Smith, the executive
      director, spoke at the meeting . . . ; When the executive director,
      John Smith, spoke at the meeting . . . ; but Executive Director John
      Smith spoke at the meeting.
    include a space between initials in a name: J. K. Rowling, NOT J.K.

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