Editorial style and usage

Style is not about right and wrong; it's about consistency and efficiency. While grammar can sometimes be debated, style is a publisher's collection of decisions about grammar, punctuation and design. Consistent style makes our pages more credible, usable and readable and lets us focus on content rather than style decisions. Follow our house style below, then Associated Press style. For access to the AP Stylebook online (if you are not on the MU campus, you will likely need to log out of the MU Extension VPN to access the stylebook) and our list of preferred references, see Style and usage references.

It can be challenging to handle vertical lists (bulleted lists, numbered lists, lettered lists) in a concise and consistent way. Please refer to MU Extension's guidelines for vertical lists (PDF)

For help with visual identity (logos, signage, branding, etc.), please see the MU Extension Graphic Identity Standards guide.