Editorial Style

The consistent expression of the CSUDH Brand in every form of communication helps reinforce awareness of CSU Dominguez Hills, built affinity and support, and promote its academic reputation.

The verbal component of the brand clarifies and distinguishes the university’s position in the hearts and minds of its constituents, and the application of consistent editorial style and standards in text and messages influences the public perception of our institutional excellence and campus character.

When writing on behalf of CSU Dominguez Hills, it is important to remember the communications represent the university to readers and should be consistent with communications produced by other campus departments and programs.

Written communications that represent the university should meet the highest professional and academic standards and reflect the official CSUDH brand “voice.”

Editorial style guidelines also provides clarification for some frequently misspelled, misused, and confused words, lists basic grammatical guidelines for punctuation, and notes the proper forms of university-specific terms.

University Style

For grammar and style issues not covered in the CSUDH Editorial Style Guidelines (PDF) refer to the Associated Press Stylebook, which is the book that CSU and CSUDH editorial guidelines most closely follow, and that is followed for news releases and content for the university news website.

Note: The guide does not apply to scholarly and academic work, which should comply with its publisher’s specified style manuals.
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Grammar and Spelling

Use standard American spelling, grammar, hyphenation and word usage. We suggest using Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary or Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Note: when formatting a document for print publication or the Web, use only one space following a period; double spaces can cause layout problems in publishing software and HTML code.

Document Design and Format

If your document will include graphics, images or logos, you must also follow the CSUDH visual brand guidelines, available on this Web site.