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===== Tips for Creating Libguides =====
 
===== Tips for Creating Libguides =====
 
* Page length: Try to keep landing page content above the fold
 
* Page length: Try to keep landing page content above the fold
* Wordiness: No one is going to read a lot of text -- they just want links, examples.
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* Text: Keep it brief! users mainly want links, examples.
* Headings. For example, Preference for headings that are more informative and less concise. For example, the “Which style should i use?” heading is great. The “Citation and style guides” heading could be considered less inviting by some students.
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* Headings: (but not too brief: make more informative.  
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**Example: “Which style should I use?”
 
*Comments availability:
 
*Comments availability:
**Recommendation: Consider enabling only for entire page.
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**Recommendation: Consider enabling for entire page only.
**How to turn off for entire page or individual boxes: see [http://help.springshare.com/content.php?pid=334050&sid=3590765#comments Toggling comments]
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**How to turn off for entire page or for individual boxes: see [http://help.springshare.com/content.php?pid=334050&sid=3590765#comments Toggling comments]
*Add “Ask a librarian” sidebar box / widget, just like on go/lib, on right side
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*Add “Ask a librarian” sidebar box widget and your profile box in right column
*Things guide creators cannot change because they are set as default for consistency
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*Style issues creators cannot change because they are default for site consistency
 
**Color of headings
 
**Color of headings
 
**Box borders
 
**Box borders

Revision as of 15:22, 24 July 2013

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Basics
Tips for Creating Libguides
  • Page length: Try to keep landing page content above the fold
  • Text: Keep it brief! users mainly want links, examples.
  • Headings: (but not too brief: make more informative.
    • Example: “Which style should I use?”
  • Comments availability:
    • Recommendation: Consider enabling for entire page only.
    • How to turn off for entire page or for individual boxes: see Toggling comments
  • Add “Ask a librarian” sidebar box widget and your profile box in right column
  • Style issues creators cannot change because they are default for site consistency
    • Color of headings
    • Box borders
    • Tab styles and colors