In making style determinations for print publications, our primary reference is
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law.
Lowercase degrees: Holly is working on her master of science degree.
Use an apostrophe: She will be awarded a master’s degree in May.
In general, spell out the word “and.” Use an ampersand (&) only if it is part of an organization’s name.
Use hyphen after area code. Do not use parentheses around area code. Example: 520-626-7301.
comma, in a series
Do not use a comma before the last item in a series.
Use an en dash (–) to offset text, including location identification for our official entities (College of Medicine – Phoenix, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson) and to offset clauses in writing. Do not use the longer em dash for any purpose.
Write as one word, no hyphen, in all cases.
- The development officers are engaged in fundraising.
- The development officer is a fundraiser.
Use “over” when referring to spatial relationships: A police helicopter flew over the hospital.
Use “more than” when referring to numerals: Last summer’s helicopter rescues cost more than $100,000.
Spell out one through nine. Use figures for 10 and greater.
Exceptions: When referring to age, money or percentages, use figures.
Use an apostrophe: Regents’ Professor Stanley Livingston is visiting Africa.
Do not include 1 before toll-free numbers (800, 888, 877, 866). Example: 800-555-1212.
Capitalize and hyphenate.
When a URL includes www., do not include www., and don't include the http:// or https:// in front of it.