STATES

Use AP abbreviations for states (when used with a town or city) in text, not USPS codes.

TIME OF DAY

Use periods in “a.m.” and “p.m.” Use “noon” (not 12 p.m.).

TITLES

Look up official titles of professors and administrators in the Colby College Catalogue.

CLASS YEARS

Use the apostrophe (’), not opening single quote (‘), to designate class years: Stephen Collins ’74 (not ‘74).

BUILDINGS, NOT UNIONS

Since 1985, Roberts and Runnals are buildings, not unions (the Roberts Building and the Runnals Building).

CLASSES/COURSES

A course lasts a semester; a class is a single session.

NUMBERS IN TEXT

Spell out numbers one through nine, but use numerals for 10 and above (not including dimensions and percentages, where numerals are always used).

THOU SHALT NOT AMPERSAND

The ampersand is not used in Colby writing unless it’s part of an official company title (e.g., U.S. News & World Report or Johnson & Johnson).

WEB ADDRESSES

URLs in running text are lowercase and do not use http:// or www. Simply write colby.edu or amazon.com.

EASY-TO-USE REFERENCES

It’s never been easier to check a dictionary (Colby uses American Heritage) or the Chicago Manual of Style (available free on campus). Bookmark them.

For more on Colby style and usage, consult the Colby Style and Usage Manual.