Places within places
Some Places exist inside other Places to an extent that including the name of the Place in which the Place is located in the name of the Place which is located in the other Place is warranted.
Generally, there are two different forms of place-within-a-place naming. The first, Place – Larger Place, exists in certain situations where the larger encompassing Place either is little more than a collection of smaller Places or is expected by its nature to contain smaller Places. The second, Place (inside Larger Place), exists where a smaller Place, of a chain or type which is typically or at least often found as a standalone business or building, is found within a larger Place and is accessible only by entering the larger Place.
When both forms might apply to a given Place, the Place – Larger Place form supersedes and should be used.
Place – Larger Place
For certain larger Places of the types listed in the table below, use the
Place – Larger Place format for smaller Places within the larger Place.
|Type of encompassing place||Example place-within-place names|
|College / University|
|Hospital / Urgent Care|
All stores within a shopping center should use the store name, followed by a hyphen or en-dash set off by spaces, followed by the name of the shopping center.
The names of the store and the shopping center should be included in full.
|Store name||–||Shopping center name|
|Apple Store||–||Lakeside Shopping Center|
|Nordstrom||–||Mall of America|
All buildings and other facilities and departments on a university campus should use the name for the building, facility, or department, followed by a hyphen or en-dash set off by spaces, followed by the name of the university.
The name of the building or other facility should be included in full, with the exception of certain elements of the name (typically, first and middle names of the people after whom the buildings are named) which may be included in a building's official name but not generally included with the name in textual references thereto. Generally, if the first and middle name are not included on the university's campus map, don't include them in the Place name either. For example, John Giffen Weinmann Hall at Tulane University should be named
Weinmann Hall – Tulane University.
The name of the university or campus may use commonplace abbreviations or shortened names, but only when the abbreviation or shortened name would be obvious to someone who is not particularly familiar with the university. For example, abbreviate Louisiana State University to
LSU, University of California, Davis to
UC Davis, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to
Virginia Tech, but do not abbreviate
Tulane University or
Generally, the university name should be used alone for the main campus of a university where applicable, and the university and campus name should be used for any other campuses.
|Building/facility name||–||University name|
|Weinmann Hall||–||Tulane University|
|The Pavilion at ARC||–||UC Davis|
|Science Building||–||LSU Shreveport|
Alternative names for academic or administrative departments
The name of an academic or administrative department may be included in full, using the same formatting as above, as an alternative name on the Place for the building which the department occupies. Further, if a school of the university (such as a law school, graduate school, medical school, etc.) occupies a single building on the same campus as the university and therefore does not have its own Place, add the name of that school as a further alternative name to that building.
|Department/school name||Existing Building Place name||Alternative name to add||Further alternative name|
|Engineering Department||Torgersen Hall – Virginia Tech||
|Law School||Weinmann Hall – Tulane University||
For hospital editing guidance, including Place naming, please refer to Places/Hospitals and urgent care.
Place (inside Larger Place)
Where a smaller Place, of a chain or type which is typically or at least often found as a standalone business or building, is found within a larger Place and is accessible only by entering the larger Place, use the
Place (inside Larger Place) format.
There are some situations where it will be appropriate to mix both Area and Point Places. For example, shopping centers and shopping malls where the mall itself could be considered a navigation destination, but there are also individual stores which are also valid for being marked.
A simple shopping center, when mapped in this manner, would look like this first image: