VSU Writing and Style Guides

The VSU Writing Guide — based on the Associated Press Stylebook — is a reference source for Valdosta State University faculty, staff and students as they write documents for external audiences. Such documents include departmental newsletters, major internal communications, Web site content and promotional brochures. These are not guidelines for other styles, such as APA or MLA.

We strongly encourage university faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with these guidelines — many of them university-related usages — so that the university community presents a consistent standard of writing that appropriately reflects VSU's commitment to excellence. The guide and grammar resources do not include field-specific writing, and therefore, are not intended to replace writing standards for specific publications or purposes, including academic papers. Specialists within departments are better authorities on such matters.

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Direct questions or comments about this style guide to the Kate H. Elliott, Communications Specialist in the VSU Communications Unit, at 229-333-7177 or kaheine@valdosta.edu.

Additional Resources

VSU Quick Reference Guide

University of Georgia Editorial Style Guide

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary

Online Thesaurus

University System of Georgia Policies and Procedures