Don't know if it applies, but Mil-Std-37874 uses (see 2.2).
I prefer (see 2.2 Introduction). This gives the reader an idea of the subject 
matter at the referenced paragraph.
I would not use the work 'paragraph', 'section', or the paragraph/section 
symbols. I believe that the use of the symbols would normally be found in legal 
If your style or template allows it, make the reference a link so the user can 
jump to the reference without having to page to it.

--- On Wed, 1/7/09, Deirdre Reagan <deirdre.reagan at> wrote:

From: Deirdre Reagan <>
Subject: OT: question about paragraph reference and section symbols
To: "Framer's List" <framers at>
Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 4:10 PM

Hi all:

Any aeronautics people on this list?  If yes, (or even if no, feel
free to weigh in) in text, when referring to another part of the text,
what is the preferred way to note that reference?

I have two documents -- one refers to "paragraph 5.1" and the other
refers to [section symbol] 5.1.

Do you all refer to "paragraph," use the section symbol, or use
something else?

I would prefer to use the the section symbol, but one of my coworkers
says that someone would see that symbol and automatically think
[section symbol] 5.1 refers to an FAA regulation so we should use

I think the word "paragraph" is kind of strange and it always makes
look twice ("Refer to paragraph 5.1, "Monitoring the Electrical
System," for more details . . ") -- at the very least, I'd use
Paragraph 5.1. or Para 5.1.

A quick perusal of the USGPO Style Guide didn't turn anything up, so I
thought I'd turn to you guys.

Any thoughts?



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