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UA LibGuides Author Guide: G&BP: Throughout the Guide

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

Purpose of LibGuides

What the Guidelines & Best Practices Say

  • Provide quick links to the most useful resources on a topic.
  • LibGuides are meant to provide an overview of key resources in a subject area or course, not function as a comprehensive resource.

"LibGuides Guidelines and Best Practices," pp. 3-4

LibGuide: URL

What the Guidelines & Best Practices Say

  • All guides must have a friendly URL assigned for ease of linking in Blackboard and for sending links to students.

"LibGuides Guidelines and Best Practices," p.3

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LibGuides: Description

What the Guidelines & Best Practices Say

  • All guides must include a brief (max 255 chars) description of the guide’s purpose and contents.

"LibGuides Guidelines and Best Practices," p. 3

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LibGuides: Tags

What the Guidelines & Best Practices Say

  • Guide authors must assign the following tags, using lower case for consistency:
    • Subject related – English
    • Course related – en102
  • Guide authors may assign additional tags.
  • Guide authors must assign the course_pages tag in order for a guide to appear under “Browse by Course” on the LibGuides home page.

"LibGuides Guidelines and Best Practices," p. 3

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LibGuides: Subject Associations

What the Guidelines & Best Practices Say

  • Guide authors must associate the guide with a subject category in order for it to appear under “Browse by Subject” on the LibGuides home page.

"LibGuides Guidelines and Best Practices," p. 3

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LibGuides: Linking

What the Guidelines & Best Practices Say

  • All materials included must link directly to a resource.
  • Linked items should open in a new window. See note below. -MFG
  • All items listed should link to the Scout permalink record when possible.
  • Use repository content whenever possible.

"LibGuides Guidelines and Best Practices," p. 3

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LibGuides: Media

What the Guidelines & Best Practices Say

  • Media must contribute to the purpose of the guide.
  • Media must be used according to copyright standards.
  • Media must be related to guide content.
  • Images must be of high quality. Do not use poor quality clip art or images.
  • Discussions of how to navigate resources should be visual and concise.
  • If a database tutorial is needed, please use a video from the repository if possible.
  • Videos should demonstrate how to use a resource or explain a research concept.
  • Videos should be short.
  • UA and University Libraries’ productions are preferred.

"LibGuides Guidelines and Best Practices," pp. 3-4

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