Using LibGuides: Course Pages

This guide provides information related to setting up your LibGuides account, creating and editing LibGuides, as well as the standards that are in place for how LibGuides should generally look and feel.

Course Pages Overview

Course Pages are websites that are created to show students enrolled in a particular course the resources they will need to complete their research assignments in that course.

Course Pages

  • are geared toward a specific course.
  • are only used for one semester.
  • stay published for 2 semesters after the last time the course was taught.
  • are automatically loaded into the course’s Sakai page.
  • don't require web approval before publishing, because they are temporary.

Course Pages are designed to highlight specific resources needed for to complete course work in a particular class. A subject guide is designed to give an overview or introduction to the library materials in a specific subject area.

Course Page Requirements

  • They must be associated with a course or a department academic program (like an orientation)
  • They must be in the Course Page database (if they are associated with a course).
  • They need to be assigned to the “Course Pages” group in LibGuides.
  • They need to be created using the course page template.
  • Course Pages are usually one page with no tabs.  If tabs are used, follow all tab guidelines under the rules for Subject Guides.
  • Title format: course number and name of class.  Example: ECON 510: Advanced Microeconomics
  • Descriptions of resources must be short (1-2 lines for a database, 1 line for a website) and tailored to the course assignments (example: You can use this database to find interviews with the authors you are profiling for Assignment 1).

Requirements for All LibGuides at UNC

  • They must be owned by a permanent employee of UNC Libraries.
  • They must have only one row of tabs.
  • They must not have subpages unless special permission has been given from a member of the LibGuides Team.
  • Tabs must be organized and labeled consistently by the same types of categories (i.e. sub-disciplines or resource types, not a mixture).
  • Tabs cannot be a redirect link (place links within a box only).
  • Tab labels should be clear and short (1-2 words).  Use terms that a new library user could understand.
  • Arrange tabs in a logical order (for example, finding information first and then citation guides).
  • Never add your own colors, JavaScript, or CSS to your guides.
  • Be consistent when referring to electronic journal articles.  Students may not understand the distinctions between “database,” “articles,” “e-resources,” “journals,” etc.
  • Profile images must be your official university picture.
  • Resource annotations should be brief (1-2 sentences).
  • No typos.
  • Avoid clutter.  The goal is a clean layout, highlighting a few carefully selected resources.  Comprehensiveness is not possible, and a long page causes users to ignore content.
  • Put the most important information at the top of the page.
  • When linking to websites containing a very large number of pages (like government organizations), link directly to the pages of interest for the guide topic.
  • Box labels should be short and clear.
  • All Course Pages and Subject Guides must be in the LibGuides platform and assigned to the correct group.
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