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Transcript of Style Guide
Book Titles Program Titles Serial commas:
Don't use a comma before AND or OR.
Apples, bananas and oranges
In general, the organization prefers...
After years and states:
In a Jan. 26, 2003, article
The Charleston, W.Va, concert Put punctuation inside quotation marks.
“Did you see the play?” he asked. Exceptions: When the quotation marks belong to a title
Should I listen to his single,“Goodmorning”?
When writing in Spanish
Ella me dijo, "prefiero el café con mucho azúcar ". Italics Book, play and album titles
For emphasis Latin phrases ! Addresses Full addresses
Spell out Court, Drive, Road. etc.
Abbreviate Ave., Blvd. and St. with full address
My address is 5 Fifth Ave.
Use numerals for address numbers.
9 N. Meridian St.
Other numerals: Write 1-9 as words
132 Ninth Blvd.
Cities Check your list of U.S. cities that do not
need to be followed by their state
St. Paul, MInn.
New Orleans Check your list of international cities that
do not need to be followed by their country
New Delhi Time Time
To abbreviate United States
U.S. Apostrophes decades the '50s
, Telephone numbers 1 (800) 555-5555 Tech terms e-mail
Don't use the http:// in front
No special formatting Partial Addresses Don't abbreviate
He lives on Fifth Avenue. Numbers in Addresses Numbers at the beginning of a sentence
Seventy percent of those who
Numbers one through nine
Write out Use numerals Numbers 10 and over
3 percent rather than 3%
Use in celebrations
NAMI's 25 Anniversary
Do not use in dates
Wednesday, March 5 th Style Guide Dates Never abbreviate
March, May, April, June and July
When used with specific dates
Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. Date ranges Dashes, no space
2001-03 Strategic Plan
That is, in other words
The program in question, i.e. NAMIWalks...
Flowers, e.g. crocuses, roses and daffodils
The authors, Henderson, Menendez, Oliver et al., wrote... Board of Directors
The entire board was in attendance.
2010 NAMI Annual Convention
See you at the convention.
John Smith is the executive director of the organization.
Executive Director John Smith will lead the meeting. Professional Titles Why follow the Style Guide? It gives every facet of NAMI a consistent style
We all speak with more authority when we speak as one
Agreeing on best practices saves time
; Put in between two related but independent thoughts.
The committee worked hard all week; they may
meet this weekend as well. The first word and every word except those fewer than 4 letters Hyphens
USE A HYPHEN
To separate non from words starting with n or m
Two or more words that express a single concept
A 3–4 chance
4-to-1 DO NOT USE A HYPHEN
To separate -ly compound modifiers
When the modifier is not an adjective
Her job became full time
- Em dashes are the size of an 'm'
are used to separate a parenthetical thought.
We prefer to say person living with
mental illness—not consumer—on the website. m En dashes are the size of an 'n'
From 1990–2004 n - Dashes
The Sound and the Fury
An American in Paris
Singin' in the Rain NAMI HelpLine