|Academic Degrees||See: Resource Development Style Guide|
|acronyms/abbreviations||See: Acronyms and Abbreviations used at MIT|
|alumni||Indicate when a person (including Libraries staff) is an alumnus/a of MIT with the year(s) of graduation|
|ampersands (&)||Avoid using -- spell out “and.” Exception: if it is part of a company or organization's official name (e.g., AT&T) or if space is limited on the website or digital signage|
|Ask Us||We used to include the exclamation point, but no more.|
|dashes||Note the difference between the em dash (—), the slightly narrower en dash (–), and the even narrower hyphen (-). Em dashes can take the places of commas, parentheses, or colons. Use a space on either side. En dashes indicate a range or span (e.g., 2–4 p.m.). Hyphens are used in compound terms and in phone numbers.|
|Use DSpace when referring to the software.
Use DSpace@MIT when referring to our digital repository.
|e- or electronic||Make sure the context is clear. Consider audience and whether the concept is familiar. (examples: e-resources, e-reserves)|
|ebook vs e-book||Use e-book|
|email vs e-mail||Use email|
|the Institute||capitalize "Institute" when referring to MIT|
|Internet||capitalize Internet as a noun, but not as an adjective (ex: "internet resources")|
|Libraries'||note correct position of the possessive plural apostrophe in constructions such as "Libraries' web site," "MIT Libraries' policy," etc.|
|Libraries, the||always capitalize the word "Libraries" in "the MIT Libraries" or "the Libraries" when MIT Libraries are meant|
|Libraries, the||plural. Ex: "The Libraries are eager to engage the community."|
|library, as adj.||ok to use as adjective, but do not capitalize it|
|library, the||lower-case "the library" even when referring to a particular library|
|log in||as verb: two words|
|login||as noun or adjective: one word. Ex: "the login screen"|
|MIT||Use "MIT," not "M.I.T." Use "an" as article with "MIT"
Ex: "an MIT thesis" (General rule is you choose the article based on the way the acronym is pronounced.)
|MIT addresses||Use Building, not Room (Institute style).
Ex: "Building 14S-216" or just "14S-216"
|MIT Libraries, the||singular when referring to the organization as a whole
Ex. "The MIT Libraries is committed to..."
|ordinals||Spell out first through ninth; otherwise, use numerals and letters. Do not use superscript.
Ex: "the 10th anniversary"
|pdf vs PDF||Use "pdf"|
|plural/singular||see: Archives, Libraries, staff, data|
|Services||All units ending in "Services" are treated as singular within sentences: "Curation and Preservation Services provides treatment for books, manuscripts, and archival materials."|
|staff, n.||Collective nouns such as "team" and "staff" may be either singular or plural depending on use in a sentence. Examples: The staff is in a meeting. The staff are in disagreement about the findings.|
|telephone numbers||Use hyphen between each set of numbers.|
|titles (for jobs)||In news stories, capitalize formal titles only when they precede an individual's name.|
|URLs, how to represent||Do not include "www."
Do not include a final slash after the last directory:
|Vera||Stands for Virtual Electronic Resource Access. To match style of "Barton," just the first letter is capitalized.|