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.
- 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 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 from one of the course page templates.
- 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).
- 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.