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UA LibGuides Author Guide: Create a Guide with the UA LibGuides Template

Best practices, guidelines, training, and support for UA LibGuides authors.

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Create a New Guide with the UA LibGuides Template

Use the UA LibGuides Template to create guides in keeping with our best practices and guidelines.

1) Log in, then select Dashboard > Guides > Create New Guide.

Dashboard Guides dropdown menu

Or, on the Dashboard page, choose Create New Guide.

Create New Guide link

2) Find the UA LibGuides Template:

  • In the Start Fresh or Use a Template section, select Use an existing guide as a template.
  • Choose Guide Search: Guides at My Institution.
  • Search by the guide title (UA LibGuides Template), search by the URL of the guide (http://guides.lib.ua.edu/template), or switch to the dropdown list of guides and choose Guides from My Institution > UA LibGuides Template.

Searching for a guide to use (search for UA LibGuides Template):
Searching for a guide to use as a template

Searching by URL (search for http://guides.lib.ua.edu/template):

Guide search using the URL of a guide

Drop down list of guides (choose Guides from My Institution > UA LibGuides Template):

Guide drop down option

3) Fill out the Guide Settings, then select Create New Guide.

Guide Settings options

3) Fill out the Guide Settings, then select Create New Guide.

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Important Edits

When using the UA LibGuides Template to create a new guide, be sure to make these changes before publishing your guide!

  • Guide Settings > Change Guide Information
  • Add / Edit Pages > Change Page Info
  • Start Here page > Contact Us box
    • Link to- don't copy- your library's contact box in the UA LibGuides Repository. After adding the box to your guide, be sure to change the box title to "Contact Us."
  • Start Here page > Guide Contents box
    • Edit this required box to include links to and brief descriptions of each top-level page in your guide. Do not change the title of the box.
    • Make sure the URLs have "...content.php..." in them, not "..."aecontent.php..."; aecontent is the edit mode and the link won't work for most users. You can edit the link to remove the "ae."
  • Start Here page > Best Bets box
    • Edit this optional box to include links to and brief descriptions of 3-5 key resources. If you use the Best Bets box, do not change its title.
    • Make sure the URLs have "...content.php..." in them, not "..."aecontent.php..."; aecontent is the edit mode and the link won't work for most users. You can edit the link to remove the "ae."
  • Start Here page > Welcome box
    • Edit this optional box to reflect the actual contents of your guide. If you use the Welcome box, do not change its title.
  • Interior Pages (Articles & Databases, Books, Websites, Citation Help)
    • Contact Us boxes
      • Link to- don't copy- your library's contact box in the UA LibGuides Repository. After adding the box to your guide, be sure to change the box title to "Contact Us."
    • The other edits you'll need to make will vary from guide to guide, but here are some things to check:
      • Boxes may contain descriptions or instructions for their use. Be sure to edit or delete this text before publishing your guide.
      • Some boxes are solely descriptive/informational. Be sure to delete them before publishing your guide.

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