Titles (Andrew Richardson) Formal titles should be capitalized. For example, Associate Professor of English at Frostburg State University.
Acronyms and Usage (Emily M.):
- States can be abbreviated with a capital letter, a lowercase letter, and a period.
- Ex. Johnstown, Pa.
- Department names can be abbreviated after the full name is mentioned once. No periods needed.
- Ex. Veterans Affairs = VA
- Video gaming systems can be abbreviated after the full name is mentioned once. No periods needed.
- Ex. Nintendo Entertainment System = NES
Company Names (Taylor W.) : - When introducing a company, put the abbreviation in parenthesis following the company name.
Ex. Ford Motor Company (Ford)
School names (Jordan J.): - The first time you mention the school, use the full name (ex. Frostburg State University). For every subsequent reference of the school, abbreviate using the initial (ex. FSU).
- Acronyms DO NOT have periods.
Capitalization (Madie W. edited by Emily M.):
- Capitalize and space titles of companies as proper nouns despite how they're depicted for design purposes.
- Ex. Facebook instead of facebook
The following must also be capitalized:
Degrees (B.A., B.S., etc.)
- Nikki Heat, Masters of Fine Arts
Names of Departments
- History Department
Titles (in reference to those given to people)
- Jameson Rook, Chair of Visual Arts
Sports teams and organizations
- Boston Red Sox
Roller Coaster names
- The Beast
Video Games (also see italics)
- Assassin's Creed
Police department must not be capitalized unless referring to a specific department
Name of animals unless referring to their scientific names (also see italics for scientific animal names)
Plural Pronoun for Singular Person (Madie) : "He or she" must be used in place for situations where no personal pronouns have been included in reference to someone based on gender.
- If your child has turned in their permission slip, then he or she may attend the field trip.
"They"/"Their" may be used in reference to an organization.
- The United Nations has released their decision.