About Editorial Style

Style consistency lets the reader concentrate on content without being distracted by variations in spelling and punctuation. Consistent style allows many voices to harmonize across the Bates community and into the world.

These pages are designed to guide Bates communicators and help them answer Bates-specific questions about editorial style; achieve consistency in written style; and provide correct names of Bates places:

Since these pages can’t possibly address the full range of usage and grammar questions, the Communications office recommends these style guides, available for order through the College Store:

  • The Associated Press Stylebook — the primary style guide for the Bates communications
  • The Chicago Manual of Style — a complement to the AP guide most useful for questions around type treatment (italics for publication titles, etc.)
  • A Dictionary of Modern American Usage — for all your grammar questions

We encourage suggestions for other topics to address on these pages.