Durham Tech Communication and Style Guide

10. Bullets

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When a list of information needs to be presented as bullets, whether in printed materials or in PowerPoint presentations, please use the following guidelines:

  • Use a colon at the end of the introductory sentence.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each bullet.
  • Put a period at the end of each bullet.
  • Make sure all bullets are parallel.

Parallel construction means that each bullet begins with the same part of speech. For example, in the bulleted list above, each item begins with an active verb. Do not use semi-colons at end of bullets, and do not add and at the end of the penultimate bullet. If the bullets are very short (such as a list of single words), periods are not needed.


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