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LibGuides

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Basics

Some help for creating and editing LibGuides:

Tips for Creating Libguides
Note:
  • Style/design issues that guide creators cannot change because they are default for site consistency
    • Color of headings
    • Box borders
    • Pages: Column widths
    • Tab styles and colors
  • Page length: Try to keep landing page content above the fold
  • Intro Text: Include brief contextualizing information, plus brief overview of contents and how researchers might use the guide. No need to provide a welcome message from the librarian; these do not have an impact on researchers.
  • Guide Text: Keep it brief! users mainly want links, examples. Be vigilant; do not rely on jargon or acronyms.
  • Tabs (quantity): Limit to 1 row (but may have sub-tabs)
  • Tab headings: Keep it brief (but not too brief!): make informative/intuitive to students.
    • Example: “Which style should I use?”
    • If you need more space than a tab allows, use the "Description" field. The text in this field appears when the user hovers over the tab.
  • Add:
    • (1) “Ask a librarian” sidebar box widget, and
    • (2) your profile box in right column
  • 'Miscellaneous quick tips' that you might miss from LibGuides instructions
    • Box header with no title (for images, etc.)
      • Instead of title, type the HTML code for space &nbsp
    • Scrolling box:
      • In Plain-text editor, add this at the top of HTML code:
      • And add this closing at the bottom of the text:
  • Suggestions from Stacy's Usability Document:
    • "Welcome" statements: viewers skip
    • Search box: viewers don't see/use
    • Tabs: viewers don't notice or don't see sub-tabs