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Use abbreviations only in situations where they enhance comprehension, that is, when repeatedly referring to a lengthy name or term that has a commonly accepted abbreviation.
— Use acronym after the first mention
— As long as the spelled-out name is somewhere on the page
— No periods, no parenthesis (US, not U.S.)
— Only use periods if acronym can be confused with another word (c.o.d.)
Preferred Style of Common Abbreviations
— a.m., p.m., etc., i.e., e.g., vs.
— Do not use etc. after using e.g. and vice versa
— e.g., i.e., etc.:
— e.g., for example
— i.e., specifically or that is
— etc., and so on
Title and English Honorific (salutation, appellation, courtesy title)
— Use a period for these abbreviations (Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms.)