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Section 9


Be consistent and precise in

capitalizing words

using italics

abbreviating words

using acronyms

using numbers

numbering pages, chapters, figures, and other elements of your document

using symbols

using equations

the spelling of words

Consult a style guide in your discipline for specific instructions on how to use these elements. Unless you are following a style guide that specifies otherwise, follow the conventions in this section.

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