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PSDocs Style Guide: Library terminology & acronyms

Style Guide for Public Services Documentation

Terms

TERM NOTE
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Athena, n. or adj. Capitalize; e.g.: "your Athena account"
Barton Capitalize
BorrowDirect Capitalize
catalog
catalogue
catalog
e- or electronic Consider audience and whether the concept is familiar. (examples: e-resources, e-reserves)
ebook e-book
HathiTrust note capitalization and spacing
inter library
inter-library
interlibrary
interlibrary
Interlibrary
Borrowing/Loan
Capitalize "Interlibrary"
Lend vs. loan Lend is a verb; loan is a noun.
Libraries' Libraries' shows the correct possessive plural apostrophe, e.g. "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 inferred.

library, as adj. 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 "an" as article with "MIT", e.g. "an MIT thesis." (Choose the article based on the way the acronym is pronounced.)

Don't include periods in "MIT."
photo copy
photo-copy
photocopy
Use "photocopy"
Services All units ending in "Services" are treated as singular subject, e.g. "Curation and Preservation Services provides treatment for books, manuscripts, and archival materials."
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Web site
web-site
website
Use website
Your Account Capitalize

 

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