University of Montana Style Guide

Style Guide Index:



teen, teenager, teenage No hyphen.

teepee Preferred in Montana to "tepee" and "tipi."

telephone numbers Use figures and dashes: 406-243-0211. No parentheses around area codes.

television Spell out when it stands alone. "TV" is acceptable as an adjective: TV program.

television station The call letters alone are often enough, but for clarity you can use an expression like "television station KPAX" or " KPAX-TV."

that See which, that and essential, nonessential clause entries.

theater, theatre Use "theater" generically and "theatre" after the names of specific theaters on campus: Montana Theatre, Masquer Theatre, University Theatre. Exception: University Center Theater.

Theatre & Dance Box Office Located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. 

The Bookstore at the University of Montana "University bookstore" or "bookstore" is fine on second reference.

The Source Information desk in the University Center.

the University of Montana The correct first reference for the main Missoula campus. Do not capitalize "the" before "University of Montana." "UM" is fine for headlines. See UM entry; also see Appendix D for University of Montana components. 

I attended the University of Montana for four years. She said the University of Montana Foundation raised $5 million. I wonder whether the University of Montana Grizzlies won. He graduated from the University of Montana School of Law.

time of day Use figures, followed by "a.m." or "p.m.": 5:45 p.m., 3 p.m. (not 3:00 p.m. ) Avoid redundancies like "12 noon," " 12 midnight," " 11 a.m. in the morning" and "from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m."; write "noon," " midnight," "11 a.m." and "1 to 5 p.m." Remember that noon is 12 p.m. and midnight is 12 a.m.

titles See entries on academic and other titlescomposition titlescourse titlescourtesy titles, and departments, offices, programs, schools.

too (meaning "also") usually preceded with a comma: My brother wanted to go, too. Follow "too" with a comma if the sentence continues after it: My brother wanted to go, too, but he had to stay home.

toward Not "towards."

tribe Uppercase: Fort Belknap Assiniboine Tribe. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

try and Replace with "try to." Right: She went there to try to talk him into applying for the scholarship. Wrong: She went there to try and talk him into applying for the scholarship.