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Waterloo Writing Style Guide

Current revisions:

  • Digital: currently being updated (Winter 2018)
  • Print and PDF: May 2014.

For questions of style not covered in this guide, please refer to the Canadian Press as a second source, and the Canadian Oxford English Dictionary as a third source.

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About the style guide

The University of Waterloo Writing Style Guide is provided as a tool to guide colleagues across campus in their communication with public audiences. The guide is considered the primary reference on all questions of writing style.

Language constantly changes and evolves. This guide is a living document that will be updated and revised on an ongoing basis.

A note about spellcheck and grammar checking programs: These helpful tools prompt writers to stop and think. They are not infallible and the suggestions they offer are not always correct. Please proofread with care.