Due to Interpreture’s focus on analysis of content, we write with a certain style in an effort to ensure clarity and understanding. At times this may differ to standard conventions observed by different countries or institutions.

Why is this important?

A style guide helps ensure consistency across written work and ensures clarity for readers. Different countries such as the United Kingdom and United States, or organisations such as Oxford University and the BBC, have slightly different styles and standards. This can cause confusion and disputes over what is ‘correct’ English.

As such, we’re sharing the Interpreture Style Guide to help provide clarity as to our specific choices. If you notice a mistake in our content, or think a part of our Style Guide needs to be changed, then please get in touch using our feedback form.

Should I use Interpreture’s Style Guide?

We recommend that you don’t copy our style when writing essays or other content – our Style Guide has been developed specifically for use with our content and our audience. Always ask your teacher for advice regarding the best style for your specific exam.

If you’re a teacher looking to use our downloadable resources but would prefer a different style to be followed, we may be able to accommodate your request. Please contact us on our feedback form.


Interpreture Style Guide

  • Quotations: Double quotation marks ( ” ” ) are reserved for exact quotations, including punctuation. Any punctuation enclosed by the double quotation marks should be accurate as quoted, with additional punctuation outside the marks.
  • Titles of texts: Titles of works should use only single quotation marks ( ‘ ‘ ), with any additional punctuation outside the marks. Double quotation marks should be reserved for quotes directly from the main body of content. This is designed to help make it clear if the title of the work appears directly in the work itself or not.
    • ‘Eat Me’, ‘Look We Have Coming to Dover!’, and ‘The Gun’ are all poems from the ‘Poems of the Decade’ Collection.
  • Emphasis:  Single quotation marks ( ‘ ‘ ) can be used to emphasise or suggest certain ideas or concepts in analysis. They can also be used to highlight a certain word that is not being analysed. To avoid reliance on text formatting, italics are avoided. Double quotation marks should be reserved for quotes directly from the main body of content.
    • The poem relies on an awareness of stereotypical ‘party holidays’ that take place…
  • Quoting multiple lines: Use a double slash (//) to signify a line break.
  • Brackets and punctuation: Punctuation should appear outside of brackets unless quoted directly. This is with the intention of helping to make sentences clearer and easier to break down into chunks.
  • Spelling: Refer to the Oxford English Dictionary – and where there is an option choose the first use. Always use British English.

Note

Interpreture has used internal writing style notes since our October 2018 content review. This published version is under construction and was last updated Feb 22 2020.

We try our best to ensure content follows this guide, but some errors and typos may sometimes slip through. We appreciate any notifications and corrections.

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