A-Z Online Style Guide

For the most part, The Fletcher School website follows punctuation, capitalization and usage guidelines outlined in the Associated Press Stylebook Online, which is available to the entire Fletcher community through the Ginn Library (password required).

Fletcher-specific style guidelines are included in the A-Z guide below.

BACK UP VS. BACKUP – Back up is a verb and backup is a noun and adjective. Users should back up their files at the end of each day. The backup files may come in handy, should your hard drive crash.


BEST-SELLER – Should be hyphenated


BIBLE, BIBLICAL – Uppercase Bible when referring to the religious text. Lowercase when used as a figure of speech. Lowercase biblical in all cases.


BLACK – Lowercase unless the name of a specific place or organization: The spectrum of black leadership, the Black Student Association.


BLOG – Lowercase. Italicize the title of a named blog. Place blog entries within quotation marks.


BOARD OF ADVISORS, Board of Trustees – Always uppercase when referring to a named board or named advisory group (e.g., Asian Advisory Group, European Advisory Group, Latin American Advisory Group, or MENASA Advisory Group). On second reference, lowercase “the board.”.


BUILDING – In general lowercase: located in the new building on Packard Avenue. Uppercase when it is the formal name of the building: The Cabot Intercultural Building.