NSU Publications Style Manual

2 acknowledgment No e before the suffix See also judgment. acronyms An acronym should be in parentheses and follow the term it stands for. Acronyms should only be used if they will be used again in the same story or collateral piece. If the acronym will not be used, then just spell out the term the only time it is mentioned. • Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is in Florida. NSU has more than 21,000 students. • Nova Southeastern University is in Florida. The university has more than 21,000 students. ACT (American College Test) The abbreviation for this college entrance exam is written without periods. See also GRE, PSAT, and SAT. addresses To comply with postal regulations, use the postal abbreviations for states (e.g., FL for Florida) in address fields. In running text, state names should be written out whenever space permits. If space in running text is limited, use the postal abbreviations rather than the traditional abbreviations (FL NOT Fla.). The same applies for street names. Spell out street, avenue, boulevard, drive, etc., where space permits. Although CMS recommends spelling out street addresses under one hundred (as in Ninety-Third Street), this can be cumbersome. NSU style suggests using numerals for all building numbers and street addresses. The important thing is to be consistent. Spell out one-word directionals (South, East, West, and North). Do not use periods in compass-direction addresses such as NW and SE. Finally, NSU addresses must use the plus four (last four digits) on ZIP codes, unless specifically indicated otherwise. • 3200 South University Drive • 3375 SW 75th Avenue See also directions and regions. See also state names. See NSU addresses (page 44) for a current list of university addresses. admissions Please note that NSU’s various admissions offices use the plural. • Office of Admissions • NOT Office of Admission Advanced Placement tests Use the abbreviation AP without periods. adviser/advisor Merriam-Webster’s and most style/grammar guides prefer the -er suffix. For consistency’s sake throughout the university, adviser will be spelled with the -er ending when used independently, with other titles (e.g., residential adviser), or in academic adviser if other advisers are also mentioned in the document. affect, effect Most often, affect is used as a verb and effect as a noun. If you’re not sure which to use, try substituting one of the definitions below into your sentence. If you are using the correct word, the substitution will make sense. Another option is to use the mnemonic device “To Affect is to Act on, but the Effect is the rEsult.” affect (verb): to influence or sway • Rising prices affect everyone. • The loss of her brother affected her deeply. effect (verb): to bring about, cause, or implement • The trade embargo effected the rise in oil prices. • His vitamins effected a positive change in his mood. effect (noun): a result or accomplishment • The rain had little effect on the drought. • Her emotional outburst was just for effect. affect (noun): an emotional state This usage is essentially obsolete, but is still used as a psychological term. • The depressed patient showed little affect.

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