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Creating and Editing LibGuides Best Practices: Getting Started

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

Guide Standards


Research Guides at Purdue are restricted to subject guides and supplemental resources for instructional sessions as well as guides on library resources/tools.

Course guides

  • follow course's learning outcomes
  • supplement instruction

Subject guides

  • How to start research
  • Tactics or resources for experienced researchers
  • Tutorials for new tools/resources

Naming Your Guide

Specific course guide:

  • Course number: topic of course
    • BADM 590: Brand Management
    • Include something other than course number in title. 

General subject guide:

  • Soil and Water Resources Engineering

Co-owners, editors and collaborators

Choose Guide Settings  in the top Command Bar and then Co-Owners, Editors & Collaborators

Co-owner: Someone who has full access to the guide and is listed as a second profile box.

Editor: Someone who has access to edit the guide, but is not listed as an owner with a profile box.

Collaborator: If you are working with a campus partner, you can enter their email address as a collaborator and they will have access to work with you on the identified guide.

Limit number of profile boxes on your guide to two.

A Guide From Scratch

Always run a search for an existing PUL LibGuide on your subject or course topic before creating a new one. Check for master boxes you can link to.

1. Log in

2. Under My Admin choose Create New Guide

3. Under Start fresh or Use a Template choose Start Fresh

4. Name your Guide under Guide Settings; provide a 1-2 sentence introduction for the users; the other fields are optional

A Guide From a Template

1. Under My Admin choose Create New Guide

2. Choose Use an exisiting guide as template under Start Fresh...

3. You can copy a guide you have created, another guide from your insitution, or a guide from a different institution under Community

        -you can search by title or type in the URL

4. Name and describe your guide under Guide Settings

Optional Fields

  • Leave the Redirect URL blank unless you are planning on using this guide as a placeholder and directing people to your old guide while you create the new one.
  • If you don't wish to allow others to copy your guide (or elements from it), check the Sharing Restriction box.

HTML Resources

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