University Brand Manual: Guidelines for Marketing and Communication

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Quickie AP cheat sheet

If you’ve been using the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) and are concerned about the transition to AP, don’t worry! The AP Style Guide is a helpful and easy-to-use reference.

Here’s a list of the main areas in which AP and CMS differ (refer to the actual AP Style Guide for full information):

Topic

AP Style

CMS Style

Addresses

Ave.; St. ; Blvd.

Avenue; Street; Boulevard.

Age

Always use figures

Spell out

Dates

Dec. 11

December 11

Numbers

Spell out below 10, but use numbers for percentages and ages (example, 3 percent, not three percent)

Spell out numbers between one and one hundred.

Page numbers

Turn to Page 6.

 Turn to p.6.

Possessives

Thomas’ book

Thomas’s book

Race

African-American

African American

Senior/Junior

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

States (in text)

Springfield, Ill.

Springfield, Illinois