This guide is designed to suggest consistent solutions to common problems faced by anyone writing about the University of Cincinnati. Professional communicators from across the university originally developed the style guide in 1994. It is updated regularly through the Division of Governmental Relations and University Communications.
UC Stylebook is intended as an adjunct to the Associated Press Style Guide and Libel Manual primarily and to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary secondarily. Some listings evoke grammar rules, and some address strictly style issues. When AP and M-W disagree, the listing here will usually point out which guideline we have followed.
In choosing AP style as a basis to follow, the original writers of UC's Stylebook did so to focus on external, general audiences. For some departments with specialized audiences, other stylebooks, including those required by particular academic disciplines, may be better choices. Whether or not everyone agrees with all the recommendations in this guide, its intent is to help us achieve consistency of style in our university-wide writing.
- Medical style guide to use when writing strictly for an Academic Health Center audience.
- UC idioms and jargon, which is particularly helpful for new employees.
- A general spelling checklist for quick reference.
- Addendum of food-related names and terms.
Questions or comments? Please email John Bach.