Editorial Style Guide

Should I write CSU Dominguez Hills or Cal State Dominguez Hills? Are there periods in PhD? Do I capitalize faculty members’ official titles? 

Whether writing for external or internal audiences, these are the kinds of questions that CSUDH staff often find themselves asking. Our Editorial Style Guide is designed to provide the answers! 

The guide offers a quick reference to some of the most frequently questioned styles and was written specifically for CSUDH, using nationally recognized style guides and the California State University system style guide. By following the guide standards, writers uphold CSUDH’s commitment to excellence and professionalism while further strengthening the university’s brand and reputation. 

For proper spelling, hyphenation, and word usage of terms not found in this guide, we suggest using the online Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary.  

Editorial Style Guide

Acronyms & Abbreviations

Find guidance on acronyms and abbreviations commonly used at the CSU or in higher education.


When do you capitalize an official title, a degree or a department name? Find guidance on this and much more.

Common Words & Phrases

Spelling, usage, punctuation and capitalization guidelines for words and phrases commonly used at the CSU.

Diversity & Inclusivity

This guide addresses questions that arise when writing about particular groups, aiming to ensure sensitivity and inclusiveness in our communication.


Helpful tips and tricks on the most common questions about punctuation, from commas to quotation marks.

Writing Tips

Easy-to-understand communication is key to any organization's success. Here are just a few helpful writing tips and best practices.


Dates, ages, dollars, phone numbers and more – ​this resource has guidelines you need to know to adhere to the CSU's style.