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Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies' (MCIIS) Analyst's Style Manual
Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies' (MCIIS) Analyst's Style Manual

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The Analyst’s StyleThe Analyst’s StyleThe Analyst’s StyleThe Analyst’s StyleManualManualManualManual
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2008Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence StudiesPress
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Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0Unported License. To viewa copy of this license, visithttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/  or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco,California, 94105, USA.Mercyhurst College Institute for IntelligenceStudies PressFor more information, write theMercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies Press,501 E. 38
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St.,Erie, PA 16546-0001.First Edition, Second Printing 2009Compiled and edited by Bill WelchCover design by Bill WelchCover photo by Bill WelchLibrary of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataMercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies PressThe Analyst’s Style Manual – 1
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ed.ISBN: 978-0-9773881-1-0
 
If you want to order more professionally printed,copies of The Analyst’s Style Manual in this easy-to-carry 5.5-inch-by-8.5-inch size, you can order oneonline at thewww.MCIIS.orgWeb site.
 
Table of Contents
PREFACE……………………………………….6
 
Capitalization…………………………………..8
 
Common Nouns In Proper Names……………………………8
 
Derivatives of Proper Names…………………………………8
 
Articles In Proper Names……………………………………..9
 
Government Bodies………………………………………….10
 
Military Forces………………………………………………10
 
International Organizations………………………………….10
 
Diplomatic and Consular Units……………………………...11
 
Political Parties………………………………………………11
 
Geographic Terms…………………………………………...12
 
Nationalities, Tribes, and Other Groups of People………….12
 
Titles of Persons……………………………………………..13
 
Publications………………………………………………….14
 
Numbers……………………………………….16
 
Basic Rules………………………………………………….16
 
Ordinal Numbers……………………………………………16
 
Special Rules………………………………………………..17
 
Percentages and Times Phrases……………………………..20
 
Other Number Rules………………………………………...24
 
Punctuation…………………………………...25
 
Apostrophe…………………………………………………..25
 
Brackets……………………………………………………...29
 
Bullets……………………………………………………......29
 
Colon………………………………………………………...29
 
Comma………………………………………………………31
 
Dash (or Em Dash)…………………………………………..34
 
Ellipsis……………………………………………………….35
 
En Dash……………………………………………………...36
 
Exclamation Point…………………………………………...36
 
Hyphen………………………………………………………37
 
Parentheses…………………………………………………..37
 
Period………………………………………………………..38
 
Question Mark………………………………………………38
 
5Quotation Marks…………………………………………...39
 
Semicolon………………………………………………….41
 
Slash………………………………………………………..42
 
Abbreviations…………………………………44
 
When To Spell Out…………………………………………44
 
Italics…………………………………………...45
 
Prominence or Emphasis……………………………………45
 
Titles………………………………………………………...45
 
Foreign Words………………………………………………46
 
Format……………………………………………………….47
 
Names of Craft………………………………………………47
 
Rules for Effective Intelligence Writing….48
 
Rule 1. Put Your Main Point Up Front……………………...48
 
Rule 2. Write Short Paragraphs……………………………..49
 
Rule 3. Use Active Voice…………………………………...50
 
Rule 4. Use Short, Conventional Words……………………51
 
Rule 5. Write Short Sentences……………………………....52
 
Rule 6. Be Correct, Credible, and Complete………………..54
 
Intelligence Writing and Presentation StyleSheet…………………………………………...55
 
A. General Rules……………………………………………55
 
B. Citing General News, Homemade Graphics, and Books...57
 
C. Citing Nexis and Access-Only Databases (e.g. Dialog)….58
 
D. Other, Less-Common Sourcing………………………….59
 

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