Macalester College uses primarily the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, which is published by the University of Chicago Press and is the preferred style guide for most academic institutions and academic presses. We follow Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, on questions of spelling, hyphenation, capitalization, and foreign words. An abridged version is available at An online version of the Chicago Manual of Style is available at

The style guide includes some items that frequently come into question. In addition, we have listed some Macalester-specific terms and style choices. This style guide is intended to evolve, as language does, to reflect current usage and to embrace new terms as they come into common use. Please contact Communications with any suggestions to make this guide more useful.

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