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Formatting Standards

Single space after periods before beginning next sentence.
Abbreviate when used with a date: Feb. 14, 2007. Spell out in a sentence: School will start in September.
No colon and zero minutes at whole hour. Use lowercase and periods with a.m. and p.m. For example, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; noon (not 12 noon)
No caps (winter, spring, fall summer), unless used as a formal name (Spring Fling)
Abbreviate when used in an address: 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Spell out in a sentence: The street is too narrow for parking.
UWM Conventions
Use "en" dash and no space with name: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Hint: On PCs in Microsoft Word, when you type a space and one or two hyphens between text, an en dash ( – ) is automatically inserted. (If you type two hyphens and do not include a space before the hyphens, then an em dash ( — ) is created.) On Macs, use the option and hyphen key simultaneously
Use of "university": Cap when used as the formal name: The University is growing. No cap when informal: The university students went on a break.
IT-related Terminology
Web site (but webmaster, webcam, webcast)
UWM Services:
ePanther ID
myUWM portal
UWM's CMS (content management system)
Academic Titles
Capitalize and spell out formal titles when they precede a name:
    Chancellor Carlos Santiago, Professor John Smith
    Lowercase elsewhere: Susan James, professor
Academic Degrees
Use apostrophe in degrees:
    bachelor's degree; master's degree
Do not "double amplify" degree:
    Correct: Susan Smith, Ph.D.
    Wrong: Dr. Susan Smith, Ph.D.

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Last modified on January 31, 2007