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Should a book title be italicized or put in quotes?
What’s the official name of the Leonard Center?
When do I write out numbers and when do I use numerals?
There is a distinction between style and grammar. Grammar involves rules that we rarely (if ever) break, but style often is a matter of choice. The key to adopting an effective style is to choose one prevailing style and apply it consistently.
Macalester College uses primarily the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. We follow Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, on questions of spelling, hyphenation, capitalization, and foreign words.
We have identified some items that frequently come into question. In addition, we have listed some Macalester-specific terms and style choices.