Using LibGuides: Subject Guides

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.

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.

Subject Guides

  • 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.

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

Subject Guide Requirements

  • They must be in the “Subject Guide” group in LibGuides.
  • They must be approved by your department head before publishing.
  • They must be submitted to for technical review
  • 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 homepage must be two columns (per the subject guide template)
  • The owner must have the required subject knowledge to complete a yearly update of content.
See Publish Your Guide for more details.

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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