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Libraries House Style Guide: Grammar

Punctuation

In lists of 3 or more items, use the Oxford comma! (That's the comma that comes right before the "and," "or," etc. in lists of 3 or more.)

No: Yes:

Managing Your References: EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Managing Your References: EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero

Spacing

Use a single-space after periods.

No: Yes:

I learned to use a double-space in high school.  That's no longer the prevailing practice on the web!

I learned to use a double-space in high school. That's no longer the prevailing practice on the web!

Capitalization

Use sentence case for news story headlines, guide and web page titles, LibGuide box titles,etc

  • Capitalize only the first word unless the title includes a proper name/noun, a formal title, and/or a date.
  • If a news story title is made up of two sentences or joined with a colon, capitalize after the punctuation (Example: "OA research in the news: A unique neuroanatomy lesson" OR "It’s back! BLC online borrowing returns").