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Creating and Editing LibGuides Best Practices: Standards
Standards, best practices, and training on LibGuides at Purdue.
Embed Tutorials from YouTube
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
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
--so that use statistics are being tracked and the link checker can be used
Ask a librarian chat widget has been linked from
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
web accessibility evaluation tool
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Guide is deleted or "unpublished" if outdated, unused, or being redone.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.
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