Acronyms @ Yale

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.

View the Acronym Glossary

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.