Punctuation


Use a comma before “and” and “or” in a series: "Entering students usually take English, mathematics, and a foreign language."
 
Do not use a comma before Jr., Sr., II, III, IV, etc.: “Donald A. Dawson III presented the guest lecture.”
 
Dates are punctuated day, month, year: "May 24, 2008, was the date of Commencement.” If using only the month and year, there is no comma: "Commencement was in held in May 2008."
 
Quotation marks are placed outside commas and periods and inside semicolons and colons.
 
Question marks and exclamation points are placed inside quotation marks if they are part of the quote and outside if they are not.
 
Items placed inside quotation marks include article titles, direct quotes, parts of books, song titles, short poems, and television and radio programs.
 
Italics are used for book titles, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, movie titles, television series, works of art, operas, and other long musical compositions.
 
Acronyms should be all caps, no periods, closed up: GRE, PDF, URL.