NAU Editorial Style Guide
Version 4 — Updated May 2019
Why we need a university style guide
A clear, consistent writing style for all of our publications strengthens Northern Arizona University’s reputation and image—and is essential to communicate effectively. The writer’s goal is to connect with the reader—to clearly convey a message. Inconsistent or inaccurate spelling, grammar, or punctuation can cause the reader to lose confidence in the writer’s credibility and mistrust or ignore the message.
We’ve prepared this style guide for anyone writing university publications. Along with many other universities across the nation, we use The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., as the primary authority for style, grammar, and usage. Exceptions, such as the use of Associated Press style for numbering, are noted in this guide. We also recommend Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., though any standard American dictionary is acceptable.
For guidance on the proper use of the university logo, font, and color palette, see the Visual Identity Guide.