Editorial Style and Usage Guide This guide is the established editorial style for e-mail announcements, the Colgate Magazine, colgate.edu pages and stories, brochures, newsletters, letters, and more.
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Punctuation - Helpful references - Proofreading tips
- Read through several times. With each pass, look for a specific set of criteria: grammar and spelling; dates, page numbers, and factual accuracy; and fonts, tabs, spacing, and other layout concerns.
- Read aloud to yourself.
- Don’t just read the text; compare it to your original version or source materials, if available.
- Grab a partner. Read the original version and intended changes aloud to the other person, who should be looking at the updated version. Spell out proper names and say punctuation aloud.
- Find fresh eyes. If you have originated a document, ask someone else who is not familiar with the material to proofread it for you.
- Read the entire document backwards; you’d be surprised at the mistakes you can catch!
Following are the items that the communications staff asks clients to have verified and checked before turning copy over for editorial review.
- People and proper names — spelling, job titles
- Class years
- Proprietary facts or data (information known primarily or exclusively by your office)
- Phone numbers