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.

NAMED CHAIRS – Named chairs and professorships are always capitalized in faculty titles, whether preceding or following the name of the faculty member: Prof. Alan Henrikson, Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History. Do no capitalize when used as a common noun. Henrikson was intruduced by Lee E. Dirks, who founded the chair.


NAMES – On first reference, use the person’s full first name and last name and title. Do not use courtesy titles (Mr., Ms. etc.), except for medical doctors and then use Dr. only on first reference. On second reference, use only the last name, without title and without courtesy title: Prof. Alan Henrikson gave his inaugural speech to Fletcher faculty and students. Henrikson was intruduced by Lee E. Dirks, who founded the chair.


NATIONWIDE – No hyphen


NATIVE AMERICAN – One of the descendants of the indigenous people of North America. Avoid the term Indian, which refers to the sub-continent of India. Do not hyphenate as a noun or adjective.


NEITHER – takes a singular verb: Neither of the students is available.


NEWSPAPER AND PERIODICAL NAMES Names of newspapers and periodicals are italicized. Capitalize the in a newspaper’s name if that is the way the publication prefers to be known. In cases where the paper’s location is needed for clarity but is not part of the official name, use parentheses to indicated locations: The Times (London).


NON – In general, do not hyphen when forming a compound: nonprofit. Use a hyphen if it is used before a proper noun or awkward combination: non-nuclear, non-English-speaking.


NOON Do not put a 12 in front of it.


NUMBERS – Spell out whole numbers below 10 or at the beginning of a sentence, although preferable not to start a sentence with a number. Use figures for 10 and above. For ordinals spell out first through ninth and starting with 10th use figures. Exception: for percentages, dimensions and ages use figures for all numbers. 9 percent