Manual of Style and Usage for The Goshen College Record

Welcome to The Record Stylebook, a collaborative effort to develop a language guide for staff members of The Goshen College Record and others who care about clear and precise writing, especially, of course, on the campus of Goshen College. For decades, The Record relied on The Associated Press Stylebook as its primary guide. The AP Stylebook will continue to inform many of the entries in The Record Stylebook, but at times we will part company (see the entries on dates and titles, for example).

The primary reason for developing a distinctive style manual is that Goshen College, like every college or university, offers its own catalog of names and phrases, of abbreviations and verbal shortcuts. This manual should help the writer to navigate the language landscape on a campus where, on a rainy day, a Wyse professor might go through C.C. on the way to the R.F.C. (see respective entries). Like the Associated Press, we hope that this guide will be more than a collection of rules. It should be a small but clear window on the college: part encyclopedia, part history, part ethics guide, part textbook.

The Record is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters by student journalists from Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. The paper can be found online at The newspaper's office is located in the Student Organization Center, known as the Hub, situated between Kulp Annex and Westlawn.

How to Contribute

While the site will be most useful for editors, reporters and other staff members of The Goshen College Record, our hope is that the site might develop into a valuable resource for others as well. All are welcome to contribute: a word, a phrase, an edit, a question. The guide begins with two parts: an alphabetical guide to capitalization, grammar, punctuation, spelling and word meaning, as well as the people and places of Goshen College; and then special sections on captions, headlines and so forth.

We ask that entries follow the specified format:

  1. word or phrase, in bold, followed by a period.
  2. definition or explanation, followed by a period.

For example:

academic courses. Capitalize college or seminary course titles, without quotation marks (e.g., Writing for Media).

Contact Information

This site is managed by faculty members employed by Goshen College but is not an official entity of the college. Questions or suggestions should be directed to Duane C.S. Stoltzfus, chair of the Communication Department and adviser to The Goshen College Record, at