Acronyms are a staple of academia and even more so in the world of information technology. The ITS website includes a growing list that will help you navigate through the alphabet soup. Most of the definitions are linked to additional information about the topic.
Some guidelines on acronym usage:
- When using an acronym, know your audience. Never assume they know what words the letters refer to.
- Use acronyms sparingly and judiciously in your writing. Unless the organization, project, or application is widely known by its acronym, it is usually best to avoid using it.
- Spell out the name on first reference, followed by the acronym in parentheses. Example: Campus Technology Services (CTS)
- If you are using the name only once, you may not need to show its acronym.
- Avoid creating new acronyms whenever possible.