Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Making Sense of Acronyms and Abbreviations

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Do you sometimes find yourself mystified by government abbreviations? Does a document littered with unfamiliar government acronyms make about as much sense as a bowl of alphabet soup?

Help is as close as the nearest internet browser. The University Library at IUPUI has a list of Abbreviations & Acronyms of the U.S. Government with the full names of the agency or program to which they refer. Most entries link to the official website. There is also a page for Military Acronyms and Glossaries.

For abbreviations in legal citations, check out the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.

For help deciphering medical records, see Berman JJ. Pathology abbreviations and acronyms. May 18, 2001.

Thanks to Moritz Legal Information Blog, South Carolina Trial Law Blog, and Internet Legal Research Weekly for the links.

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