Middlebury's Editorial Style Guide

If you are sometimes bewildered about such things as whether to capitalize a person’s title, or how to format a list, or when to use hyphens, this manual can help. The Middlebury Editorial Style Guide was developed by the communications office to standardize the College’s print and online publications.

What is a style guide?

A style guide is a set of standards to be applied when writing and designing documents. Many organizations develop their own style guides to reflect their specific preferences and practices, to insure that publications remain stylistically consistent. Our style guide is based, primarily, on the Chicago Manual of Style, although other sources are used as well. See the references below.

The Style Guide

Click on any of the links in the sidebar at right to learn about Middlebury's style. You can also open the PDFs below to download the complete style guide or the condensed version for future reference.

— Updated March 2011
College Communications



Our primary arbiters for matters of style include:

  • The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition (2010, University of Chicago Press)
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, 2003.
  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, Roger Angell, 4th edition
  • The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (revised 3rd edition, 2004, Oxford University Press)
  • Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing