Editorial Style Guide

The intent of this Editorial Style Guide is to serve as an effective resource for communicators across the Brown campus to establish consistency in editorial style for websites, print publications, social media and more. Learn more about the Editorial Style Guide or download a PDF of the style guide.

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quotation marks

Quotation marks should be placed outside most punctuation. Question marks, dashes, semicolons and exclamation marks go within the quotation marks only when they apply to the quoted matter.

  • Toni Morrison wrote “Beloved.”
  • Who wrote “Little Women”?
  • I borrowed her copy of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”


The close quotation mark always is placed before a colon or em dash (—):

  • There are two publication dates for “In Cold Blood”: in 1965 by the New Yorker and in 1966 by Random House.

Use quotes around titles of works contained within other works, such as articles.

  • “Turning Colloidal Gold into Clathrates” was published March 3 in the journal Science.