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Editorial Style Guide

Contents Editorial Style Use of university name  3 Division names  3 Named buildings  4 Named places  4 Degrees 4 Date and times  5 Professional titles  5

Capitalization, puncuation & word usage Quotation marks regarding titles  6 Cyber terms  6

Boilerplates for publications


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Editorial Style The OSU Institute of Technology editorial style guide follows the majority of conventions outlined by the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook. Exceptions or “house rules” are noted within this guide.

Use of the University Name For distribution outside the state of Oklahoma, use “Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology” on first reference. For in-state publications, use “OSU Institute of Technology” on first reference. Use “OSUIT” on subsequent references.

Division Names OSUIT’s primary academic units are known as divisions, and two have been furthered distinguished as schools:

• Arts and Sciences Division

• Automotive Technologies Division

• School of Culinary Arts

• Construction Technologies Division

• Engineering Technologies Division

• Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Division

• Information Technologies Division

• Nursing and Health Sciences Division

• Visual Communications Technologies Division

• School of Watchmaking

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Named Buildings Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center Grady W. Clack Center Noble Center for Advancing Technology Alexander North Hall and Alexander South Hall England Residence Hall Hannigan Residence Hall Miller-Kamm North Hall and Miller-Kamm South Hall O.L. Lackey Residence Hall

Named Places OSU Institute of Technology Advanced Training Center at MidAmerica Industrial Park Subsequent references: OSUIT - MAIP

Degrees OSUIT offers the following academic degrees: Associate in Science (A.S.) Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Bachelor of Technology (B.T.) The word “degree” should not follow an abbreviation. Example: She has a B.T. in civil engineering technology. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology. General use: associate degree [note that associate degree is not possessive] bachelor’s degree master’s degree doctoral degree [doctorate is preferred]


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Date and Times Use figures for days of the month, omitting nd, rd, st, th. Place a comma between the month and the year and following the year when the day is mentioned. Example: On May 18, 2013, commencement brought together hundreds of people. Do not place a comma between the month and the year when the day is not mentioned. Example: May 2013 commencement brought together hundreds of people. Even, half, and quarter hours are usually spelled out. Example: She left the student union at three o’clock. When emphasizing the exact time, or are using a.m. or p.m., use figures. Example: 6 p.m.; 6:30 p.m

Professional Titles Capitalize a professional title only when it immediately precedes a person’s name. The title is not capitalized when it follows a name or stands alone.

Dr. Bill R. Path, president of OSU Institute of Technology OSUIT President Bill R. Path President Bill R. Path the president

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CAPITALIZATION, PUNCTUATION & WORD USAGE OSU follows AP Style with only a few exceptions listed below. Refer to the AP Stylebook or online resource for additional questions. Capitalize divisions and programs to aid in distinguishing them from the general field or industry. Example: Students in Pipeline Integrity learn how to assess the pipeline integrity of the nation’s patchwork of pipes.

Capitalize departments and offices only if they contain a proper noun or if it’s a part of the official name. Office of Student Life; the student life office

Quotation Marks Regarding Titles AP style calls for the use of quotation marks for all titles. OSU italicizes the titles of books, movies, television shows, the names of paintings, boats, airplanes and other large stand-alone works and uses quotation marks around the titles of smaller works such as poems, song titles, articles or chapters.

Cyber Terms OSUIT uses “homepage” as the standard form for the primary page of a particular website and follows AP in the use of “website,” “online” and “email” and in the capitalization of “World Wide Web,” the “Web” and the “Internet.”


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BOILERPLATES FOR PUBLICATIONS For news releases and standard publications, the following boilerplate text is acceptable:

About Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology OSU Institute of Technology is Oklahoma’s only university of applied technology, offering accelerated degree programs — including bachelor of technology degrees in civil engineering, instrumentation engineering, and information technologies and associates in applied science and associates in science – to students in 73 Oklahoma counties, 24 states and 16 countries. With more than 25 degree programs, OSUIT is known for its high academic standards, world-class teaching facilities, unique partnerships with business and industry, and one of the highest career placement rates in the region. For more information about OSUIT, call 918.293.4680 or 1.800.722.4471, or visit the web at

When accreditation is referenced, the following text should be used: Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s programs of study are approved by the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency. OSU Institute of Technology is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; 1-800-621-7440;

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