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Waterloo Writing Style Guide

Current revision (print and PDF): May 2014.

A revised version of the style guide, reflecting the refined brand platform and brand guidelines, is in development for distribution in early 2017.

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.

In this revision, several appendices and documents have been melded into the listings under the following entries: buildings, bulleted lists, and capitalization. The appendix, Waterloo-related acronyms, which fills the final third of print and PDF guides may help explain an unfamiliar acronym and should be considered a useful list of terms to avoid, if possible, or at least keep to a minimum in general writing.

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.