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Style Guide

Editorial Standards

Alphabetical Entries: P

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Pacific Islander

PianoSummer at New Paltz The annual institute and festival directed by Vladimir Feltsman. PianoSummer on second and subsequent references. paintings and sculpture See the composition titles entry.

percent Not "per cent." Always use numerals. See AP Stylebook's percent and percentages entries. For discussion of subject-verb agreement, see fractions entry.

periods of history See historical periods entry.

persuade See convince, persuade entry.

photo credits See captions entry.

physical handicaps See the DISABILITIES heading under the stereotypes entry.

poems and plays See the composition titles entry.

prior to Use "before."

professor See the ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL TITLES heading under the titles entry.

program Capitalize the word "program" only when it is part of the formal name: Women's Studies Program, the department's visiting scholars program.

punctuation The AP Stylebook and Chicago Manual of Style are the two primary sources for punctuation. Public affairs products, such as news releases, News Pulse, public affairs-oriented Web content, and other periodicals will rely on the AP. When drafting other documents, both sources are acceptable – but pick one and stick with it.