Public Style Sheet
Follow Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., or Merriam-Webster’s Online, for spelling.
Follow Chicago Manual of Style, especially for citation form.
Spell out centuries
Spell out numbers from one to nine, use numerals for 10 and up.
Inclusive numbers (including dates): use the entire number.
Space around em-dashes:
No hyphenated Americans (even when used as an adjective)
Asian American activists
Titles of museum programs should be roman, exhibitions should be ital:
The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program’s exhibit Hometown Teams
Titles of art works, including projects, should be ital:
Title of academic programs, should be roman with initial caps:
Museum Studies Program
Title of an organization’s project, should be roman with initial caps of title, but “project” should be lowercase:
Archaeology in Annapolis project
Name of conference is roman initial caps (not ital, not quotes):
Imagining America’s 2013 conference, A Call to Action
References to Figures:
In text references s/b in parens and abbreviated
(Fig. 1); (see Fig. 1)
In caption, s/b spelled out
Figure 1: Followed by descriptive phrase or sentence, ending with period.
If the figure name, title, caption are within the figure itself, tell the author to delete it because that information will be in the caption.
Credit appears on a separate line, ending with period.
[CAPTION] Figure 1: Descriptive phrase or sentence.
[CREDIT] Photo by So and So.
If Permission form gives caption and credit info, use that for copy (though we can format it in our style).
Numbered lists: “1.” [not “1)”]
If there is a bold subhead, ends with period not colon.
- Project-based learning.
Title of article: center bold, extra hard return before and after
A-head: flush left bold, with extra hard return before and after it
Author’s names (byline): Flush left, lightface (not bold), extra hard return before and after
arabic numbers (1, 2, 3,)
Works Cited list
Citation style: author-date:
spell out author first names;
when citing website, “Accessed” date should include day, month, year:
“Accessed November 30, 2013.”
Citation style: blog:
Author Last Name, First Name. date. “Title of Entry.” Blog Title. URL
There must be an in-text cite for every item in the list. If not, author must insert one, or delete the item from the list.
In-text citation: (Author last name date); (Name date, page ref)
i.e., (Pollan 2009); (Pollan 2009, 99–100)
Citation style for blog:
Author last name, First name. Date. “Title of Entry.” Blog Title. URL
“backstage” “front stage” – quotations for 1st mention, then no quotes
civil rights movement
design-build pedagogy (adj.)
in-between (noun; adj.)
in between (adv.; prep.)
place-making [placemaking (for third issue)]
study abroad experience
study abroad program
talkbacks [theater term for the dialogue between audience and performers after a performance]
United States (noun)
US (adj) [no periods]
Order of materials within the main document: