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Style Guide

This information is intended to guide you as you prepare written materials on behalf of Lewis & Clark. It addresses issues of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage. 

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The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, is our primary reference. (Watzek Library maintains an institutional subscription to The Chicago Manual of Style Online, which is available to anyone with an @lclark.edu account.) For questions on the spelling or usage of words not found in Lewis & Clark’s style guide or Chicago, consult Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

Note: In some matters of spelling and usage, there may be more than one acceptable option. We specify particular choices here with the intention of encouraging consistency throughout Lewis & Clark’s written materials.

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