according to, said – Use according to when attributing key information to a reference book or other inanimate object. Never use says. If the information can be defined as common knowledge, no attribution is necessary. Always use said when attributing a quote to a person. Use said to begin the first attribution. Said should follow the person’s name in any following attributions. Correct first attribution: “The curtains are green,” said Jane Smith, interior decorator. Correct second attribution: “The curtains are green,” Jane said. See also attribution.
ACE Tutoring Center – Use full name in first reference; tutoring center may be used on second reference.
ACT – &Use only the initials in referring to the previously designated American College Testing.
addresses – In return addresses and in running text, use the following style:
Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.
St. Charles Community College, SSB 2104
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376-2865
Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., St. Charles Community College, SSB 2104, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, Mo. 63376-2865
The college is located in Cottleville, Mo.
Administration Building – Use full name in first reference. Abbreviation: ADM. Historically, the building was named the Academic/Administration Building then the Administration Building. See buildings/rooms.
administrative officer – The president, four vice presidents and the chief information officer. Not interchangeable with Cabinet.
Adult Education and Literacy Department – Use full name in first reference. Abbreviation: AEL.
advisor – An academic counselor or club advisor.
Alumni Association – See SCC Alumni Association.
alumnus, alumni, alumna, alumnae, alum – Use alumnus (alumni in the plural) when referring to a man who has attended a school. Use alumna (alumnae in the plural) for similar references to a woman. Use alumni when referring to a group of men and women. Use of alum is acceptable when the gender is not critical to the context. See SCC Friends & Alumni.
amphitheater – Lowercase. See buildings/rooms.
and – In lists, do not place a comma before the and or or that appears in front of the last item in the list. Correct: Women, men and children are invited to attend.) Use and in place of & in running text.
assistant professor – Do not abbreviate. Lowercase in running text. See titles.
associate degree – Not associate’s degree.
Associate Degree Nursing – Not associate’s degree nursing or associate’s degree of nursing.
associate professor – Do not abbreviate. Lowercase in running text. See titles.
athletic field – Lowercase. See buildings/rooms.
atrium – Lowercase. See buildings/rooms.
attributions – Attribute quotations and paraphrased information to people in the following manner: “Chocolate is my favorite flavor of ice cream,” said Mary Jones, SCC student; OR Mary Jones, an SCC student, said that her favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate. See also according to, said.
auditorium – Lowercase. See buildings/rooms.