Tips for Effective Guides
The following are some tips that will help you and users get the most out of Subject Guides:
- Keep descriptions of databases and websites short and relevant to users coming to that page (1 to 2 lines that explain why someone in the subject area/class would need this resource).
- Minimize use of library jargon like "database", "index", "research".
- Limit information to keep the page scanable.
- Link to the info page for the database, not the database itself, to prevent problems with the proxy server. Changing the URL to "yes" will automatically pass them through to the resource.
- Make all box and tab titles clear and descriptive so that page is easily scanned and navigated by users.
- When appropriate, provide concise, descriptive directions for users so that they may easily find the resources you highlight in your description. Use link boxes so that the resource names stand out from the description. Example: Investopedia provides tutorials, stock quotes and reports. Find reports under "Stock Ideas"
- Try to break down large chunks of text into easily scanned lists. Add white space and images whenever possible.
- Use PNG, GIF, or JPG files for pictures and graphics. Resize the graphics with Photoshop or Irfanview. If you need help cropping or resizing a picture, contact the LibGuides team.
You can reorder your boxes, edit and delete them, and be sure to check out the different box types you can you use on the Box Types tab.
1. Under Add/Edit Pages in the Command Bar, select Reorder Boxes
2. Click and drag the title of your boxes into the order that you want - you can move them in the column where they are, to a different column, or put them on a different page, by dragging the box title to the name of another tab on the right side
3. Click on Update Box Order
1. Click edit in the top right corner of a box
2. Change the box title by clicking Edit box info or delete the box by clicking Delete This Box
Linking to Library Resources
1. Links for catalog records and catalog searches are persistent (i.e. you can copy and paste from the address bar).
2. Links for Articles+ searches are persistent, BUT you have to add the UNC proxy prefix in front of what you copy from the address bar:
3. To link to databases, navigate to the desired database through E-Research Tools. Click on the button next to the title, then find the URL listed near the very bottom of the page. Copy that URL, but change the last part from “passthrough=no” to “passthrough=yes” (to guarantee the link sends users through the proxy server).
Creating a guide in collaboraton with a full time librarian
It’s usually best for a full-time librarian to create the actual guide, and then make the graduate student assistant an editor. (That way only the librarian’s profile box appears on the guide.)
If you have already created the guide and need to transfer ownership to someone else, please contact the LibGuides team.