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Creating and Editing LibGuides Best Practices: Standards

Standards, best practices, and training on LibGuides at Purdue.

Final Checklist


  • The author has checked PUL guides for similar guides and master/template boxes to use
  • The guide has been edited for conciseness
  • The guide has a clear visual hierarchy
  • One row of tabs (if applicable)
  • Tab titles are limited to four words or less
  • Contact information is listed on main page
  • Quick Links box and profile box do not appear on every page.
  • Column-width has been adjusted to avoid empty space and maximize use of available space
  • Colors and fonts are standardized within guide (same size, style, and color. Only bold, italic, or underline are used to distinguish text)


  • Links of lists are limited to the Top 10 Most Important
  • Links are annotated (1-2 sentences max)
  • "PURL" links are used (available from Master Link List guide)
  • Proxy URL has been added to the front of database/on-campus resource links
  • Linked content is in link boxes--so that use statistics are being tracked and the link checker can be used
  • Ask a librarian chat widget has been linked from MEL templates guide
  • Guide has been given a "friendly" URL under "Change Guide Information"


  • Images all have ALT tags or short descriptions in the Image Description Field
  • Links open in the same window (system default); if link opens in new window or tab, user is told in description.
  • Formatting has been removed from information copied and pasted from outside sources
  • You can always run the URL of the print version of your page against the WAVE tool to double-check accessibility

Reviewing Your Guide

  • Guide is reviewed once a semester to check for broken links, content updates, and any changes to contact information. 
  • Guide is deleted or "unpublished" if outdated, unused, or being redone. 


Are you posting a tutorial in your LibGuide? 

  • Contact Kate Kester, Marketing Associate to upload to the YouTube Channel
  • Embed your video into LibGuides with YouTube's "embed' function and LibGuides' Embedded Media & Widgets Multimedia box.