Category Archives: Style guides

EU Interinstitutional Style Guide

EU style guideThe Interinstitutional Style Guide offers unform stylistic rules and conventions for use by the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the European Union. It contains conventions on grammar, punctuation, official names of institutions, currencies and legislation in 24 languages.

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Writing guide for undergrads

Grammar, usage and writing skills are often not covered after secondary school, and yet undergraduate programs have high expectations for the papers their students submit. The Writing Guide for Undergrads provides tips and links on grammar, style and writing different types of text.

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English Language & Usage

English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It’s built and run by its users as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. The aim is to build a library of detailed answers to every question about English language and usage.

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Ten tips on how to write a professional email

Email is one of the most common forms of written communication in the business world, and the most commonly abused. Too often email messages snap, growl, and bark, as if being concise meant that you had to sound bossy. These Ten Tips will help you improve the style of your emails.

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How to write a formal email

If you’re used to using email to catch up with friends, writing a formal e-mail might feel pretty foreign to you. It’s not quite the same as writing a business letter, but it’s definitely a huge step in that direction. Clarity, conciseness and being correct are the keys! To write a formal email, follow these guidelines.

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Federal Plain Language Guidelines

Plain language (also called Plain English) is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. The Plain Language Guidelines help authors to write clearly for publication on paper or on the web. The site also has links to other resources such as words and expressions to avoid, checklists to ensure that your writing is suited to the target audience and examples of good and bad writing.

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EU Translation and Drafting Resources

The European commission’s Translation and Drafting Resources contain dictionaries, glossaries, guidelines, and many more resources for writers and translators dealing with the national and international institutions of the EU. It also includes links to information on national legislation and government systems.

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Models de documents per a la gestió universitària UPC

Models de document de la UPCEl Llibre d’estil lingüístic de la UPC conté l’apartat “Models de documents UPC“, que recull els models de documentació de la gestió universitària.

Aquests models inclouen informació sobre els apartats en què s’estructuren els documents i recomanacions sobre estil de redacció, fraseologia, terminologia i convencions gràfiques. A banda, també hi ha alguns exemples que faciliten la comprensió d’aquests continguts, i n’hi ha que tenen unes plantilles de Word que es poden fer servir com a base per elaborar els documents.

Actualment hi ha els documents següents: anunci, acta de reunió, carta, certificat, convocatòria de reunió, invitació, reglaments de la UPC, resolució i sol·licitud.

 

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OnlineStylebooks

OnlineStylebooks is a Google Custom Search engine that allows you to consult a variety of style guides with a single search. The indexed style guides include the Chicago Manual of Style, the Guardian and Observer Style Guide, the Economist Style Guide and the National Geographic Style Guide.

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The Elements of Style

No list of English language resources would be complete without The Elements of Style, a very short book by Cornell University professor William Strunk, Jr. First published in 1918 and later edited by Strunk’s more famous student, writer E.B. White.

Much advice about writing in modern English that is repeated in technical manuals derives from this little book. It is the source of widely held preferences for strong verbs and active voice, of certain modern syntax-based punctuation rules and of the special English aesthetic of ‘tightness’ (the opposite of ‘wordiness’), and much more.

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