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.

EARTH/EARTH – Capitalize and do not precede with ”the” if used as the proper name of the planet: The shuttle was sent up to study the platonic shifts on Earth from an aerial view.  She is down to earth.


EMAIL – Lowercase, no hyphen.

EMAIL ADDRESSES – upercase first letter of first and last name in email addresses: John.Smith@tufts.edu


EMERITUS, EMERITAIf used after the person’s name, lowercase. If used before the person’s name, uppercase. Do not set off by commas: Alfred P. Rubin, distinguished professor emeritus of international law, said…; Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Law Alfred P. Rubin said…


ENSURE/INSUREUse ensure in the more general sense to mean guarantee or make certain. Use insure only in the commercial sense as in auto, life and health insurance.