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5.1 Items in series

Heads Up Lists that appear in running copy and are introduced with the word "including" do not require a colon. Use of a terminal comma (a comma that precedes the final "and") is not necessary except to avoid confusion.

Without a terminal comma:

  • Huskie Athletics supports a number of university sports including football, basketball and volleyball.

With a terminal comma to avoid confusion caused by two "ands":

  • Huskie Athletics supports a number of university sports including football, basketball, track and field, and volleyball.

Heads Up Lists that appear in running text and follow a colon should have semicolons.

  • Huskie Athletics supports a number of university sports: football;
    basketball; volleyball; and track and field.

5.2 Vertical lists

Try to avoid bulleted vertical lists in running copy but if the context requires the information be highlighted, they should be introduced with a complete sentence followed by a colon. No internal or terminal punctuation is required. Do not capitalize the first word of bulleted items in a vertical list unless it is a proper noun.

The lecture series will cover a number of subject areas:

  • political history of the province
  • economic development
  • demographics

Use internal and terminal punctuation if the list is not preceded by a complete sentence.
Students in the class can expect to learn about

  • political history of the province,
  • economic development, and
  • demographics.

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