Guidelines for Subject Guides
Subject Guides are designed to introduce a patron to key resources in an area of interest when the current library website or other library tools are not sufficient. They are designed to be selective, not comprehensive.
- are multipage with a home tab that describes the guide.
- include contact information about the owner of the guide.
- are permanent additions to the website.
- are included in the Guides database for appropriate subject areas.
Subject Guide Requirements
- They must be in the “Subject Guide – University Library” group in LibGuides.
- They must be approved by your department head before publishing.
- They must go through the library review process like any webpage (the Web Editorial Board).
- They must have a “Home” tab and companion “Home” page with a box describing the guide and each tab on the guide and the librarian profile of the guide owner.
- The owner must have the required subject knowledge to complete a yearly update of content.
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.