Date of Award

5-11-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. Keith Gibson

Abstract

Style guides have existed for many years and yet there is almost no information concerning how to write one. Since corporations are so different from one another, each could have its very own style guide. Most, however, use an existing style guide and fill in any gaps with customer specific information. One such corporation is the Utah State University Research Foundation (USURF). To answer the question “how to write a style guide,” this paper compares five style guides with similar content to what would appear in a USURF guide. The paper then discusses interviews from USURF’s technical writers to determine the needs of the individual organization. The latter half of this paper is the actual style guide presented to USURF management as a standard.

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