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Headlines

Only capitalize the first word of a headline on a web page. This is AP Style. Capitalize formal nouns within.

Example:


  • Paquette brought down by the Minnesota Daily, claims entrapment.


Titles of Works

Use quotation marks: articles, book chapters, short stories, poems, speeches, conference titles, official exhibits.

Example:


  • Paquette recently authored "My Affinity for Tee-shirt Time," a complete look at the "shirt before the shirt."

Use italics: books, magazines, pamphlets, conference proceedings, movies, CDs, works of art.


Example:


  • Paquette's recent "My Affinity for Tee-shirt Time," appears in this month's Newsweek, on newsstands Dec. 5th.


Titles

Generally speaking, when an official title comes right before the name, it is capitalized; when it follows the name, it is not capitalized. Our experts will often try to change this, - but don't let them.

Examples:


  • Assistant Professor Justin Paquette is the host.

  • Justin Paquette is assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

If the person holds an endowed chair, or is a Regents Professor, the title is capitalized, no matter where it falls in the sentence.

Example:


  • David Sutherland holds the John S. Najarian Surgical Chair in Clinical Transplantation.

Do not capitalize titles that are in place of proper names.

Example:


  • The president spoke at Coffman Union.


Degrees

We should still list degrees for expert guide headings, etc. Capitalize abbreviations of degrees and use periods; do not capitalize spelled-out degree names.

Examples:


  • M.P.H.

  • M.D.

  • master's degree

  • doctorate

College/Department/Division/Association Names

Capitalize if using the official and full name.

Examples:


  • School of Nursing

  • Paquette is chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine

Do not capitalize if shortened or non-official name.

Examples:


  • nursing school

  • Paquette is a professor in family medicine.


Doctor References

First Reference of a Doctor
For the web, let's shift away from credentials, as many of our experts have two or more degrees. When combined with long department names or clinics, it becomes awkward.

Examples:

  • Dr. Justin Paquette is a world-renowned surgeon in the Cardiology Clinic.

Second Reference of a Doctor
Simply use the doctor's last name.


Examples:

  • Paquette has been cited for numerous conflicts of interest in his brief tenure.


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