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Getting Started with LibGuides

This is a help guide for University Library staff in best practices for creating LibGuides.

Best Practice Guidelines Checklist

Check your guide for the following best practice guidelines:

Best Practice Guidelines Checklist
Guidelines Instructions
  Account profile was updated with contact information and an image Profile Customization
  Naming conventions followed for both guide title and page titles Guide Type & Naming
Changing Guide Options
  Guide type assigned
  Guide subjects and tags assigned
  Friendly URL assigned
  Profile box is added to the guide home page Creating Content
Best Practices: Reusability
Best Practices: Layout & Content
  Content is thematically chunked into pages and boxes
  Content reused when possible
  Boxes are ordered and placed based on responsive design principles
  Guide has been viewed on multiple devices to check responsiveness
  Text written with web consumption in mind: keep it short and simple
  Resource lists are kept short and organized in order of importance
  Consider your users: use plain language and be inclusive when adding content
  Be selective about what to create and be future-friendly
  Use default font with minimal italics and bold and no underlining or ALL CAPS Best Practices: Accessibility
  Start with Heading 3 when you use headers for content structure in rich text editor
  Link text (title) should be descriptive
  Database or links descriptions should display beneath the link title
  All images have alt-text descriptions
  Assign table headers and add caption and summary to describe table (data table only)