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Inc.

Abbreviate when part of a name; do not set off with commas: Rock Island Line Inc.

See also abbreviations, acronyms

inpatient, outpatient

One word.

institutes

Uppercase on first and formal references. Note that some institutes are in fact academic departments within a school or college, while most are independent of academic affiliation or multidisciplinary.

See also capitalization

Internet

The Internet is uppercase; use lowercase for the (rare) generic use: There will soon be two internets.

IT

Jargon abbreviation for "information technology"; do not use in normal text except in informal usage when referring to the various IT departments: She contacted IT for assistance with her e-mail account.

italics

Italicize titles of plays, television shows, artworks, movies, books, journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, long poems published as books, and gallery and museum exhibitions. Italicize foreign language words and phrases if they are likely to be unfamiliar to readers. When the surrounding text is already italicized, set the title or word in regular type.

See also composition titles

itís, its

This one is easy―but, nevertheless, often misused. Remember that "its" is the possessive form of the pronoun "it": The group decided that its rules were too strict. "It's" is a contraction for "it is" or "it has": It's easy to make this mistake.

HINT: A quick way to check if you've used the correct version is to read the sentence back to yourself, inserting "it is" in place of it's or "its" to determine if it still makes sense.

IUS

Acronym for "Indiana University Southeast." Always use the official name on first reference. On second reference in informal usage, IUS is acceptable if the meaning will be clear to readers. If you intend to use the acronym on second reference, let readers know this by setting it off in parentheses directly after the first official reference.

IUT

Acronym for “interdepartmental university transfer” (a fund transfer process). Always use the official name on first reference. On second reference in informal usage, IUT is acceptable if the meaning will be clear to readers. If you intend to use the acronym on second reference, let readers know this by setting it off in parentheses directly after the first official reference.

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