Style Guide

This style guide is for numbered WSU Extension publications, CAHNRS marketing materials, and department or program newsletters. This guide is not a complete list of style items used in WSU Extension publications; rather, it lists exceptions to those authorities listed below or items not covered by them.

For items not covered here, primarily follow the Chicago Manual of Style (latest online version; 16th edition printed), then WSU Editorial Style (

For press releases and news stories, follow Associated Press style:

For spelling and word forms, follow

For a list of agricultural terms with definitions, see

Table of Contents

Abbreviations used within this style guide:
AP = The Associated Press Stylebook
au. = author(s)
CCL = Creative Commons License
CMoS = Chicago Manual of Style
ms. = manuscript
PoV = point of view
ToC = table of contents