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NOVA Style Guide

The AP Stylebook is the official standard the NOVA website follows. The NOVA Style Guide serves as a customized supplement to AP. All content published on NOVA's website must adhere to these references. (The NOVA home page and Events Calendar are exceptions.)

Achieving the Dream:
When used in abbreviated form the A is uppercase t is lowercase and D is uppercase.
Example: AtD

Capitalization of Campus:
When used with a specific location the term "campus" is a formal designation and should be uppercase.
Example: Alexandria Campus

Capitalization of College:
When used alone "college" should be lowercase unless it is part of a proper noun
Examples: he is going to college, the College, Northern Virginia Community College

Capitalization of Words in Headlines and Headings:
All words should be uppercase except: a, an, and, as, at, but, by, for, if, in, of, on, or, the, to

Case Style:
When referencing these college services use the following case style – NOVA all uppercase, one word:

  • NOVAaccess
  • NOVACard
  • NOVAConnect
  • NOVATrak
  • eNOVA
  • eMEETING

Name of College:
Never use "NVCC" when referring to the college; use "NOVA" or "Northern Virginia Community College"

Commas in a Series:
Do not put a comma before the conjunction in a simple series.

Dates:
Spell out days of the week, abbreviate months

email:
Lowercase, no dash

Faculty & Staff Web Pages categories to include:
Name (hyperlink to their personal NOVA website if they have one) | Discipline | Phone | Email
* Group people by Discipline

FAQ not FAQs:
It is an abbreviation for Frequently Asked Questions (the "s" at the end is implied)

Guaranteed Admission Agreements:
Accepted form with an -s on the end of Agreements, NOT on the end of Admission

home page:
Two words, not one

Internet:
uppercase

PDF:
All uppercase; an abbreviation for Portable Document Format. It is a file format that allows a document to be shared among several types of computers without losing its formatting.
Example: Faculty Handbook (PDF); File requires Adobe Reader to open.

Seasons/Semesters:
Uppercase
Example: Fall Semester 2009; Spring Semester 2009; exception Summer Session (not Semester)

Spacing:
Use single spaces after punctuation. The practice of using two spaces after punctuation was a technique used when text was written on a typewriter. Computers have made the use of two spaces unnecessary.

Student ID:
Use in place of the term EmplId

Telephone Number:
Use periods between the numbers, not dashes
Example: 703.323.3000

Time Reference:
Use noon and midnight, not 12 noon, 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 a.m. Do not use "o'clock." Lowercase and use periods with a.m. and p.m. Use a single dash between times.
Example:
HOURS
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Wait List:
Two words

Web or Web page:
uppercase W

website:
One word, all lowercase