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Best Practices for Creating Research Guides at NVU Libraries

This guide offers tips and a template for creating libguides for NVU Libraries, with the specific intent to make all libguides accessible to every student.

Guidelines for Links in Your Guides

Links to resources should be added as link assets.

  • Order link lists by relevance.  (Keep the list short so as to not overwhelm.)
  • Link to the specific page that will be needed by the user; do not link to the main page of a large and potentially confusing website.
  • Unless a friendly URL is self-descriptive, give each link a brief and informative description so that users can determine its relevance to their need. 
  • Reuse link assets whenever possible because this makes it easier to batch update.

Adding Links

When adding links by clicking on the 'Add/Reorder' dropdown select 'Database' or 'Link' (NOT Rich Text Format).

arrow This allows LibGuides to check for dead links, count the number of clicks, and some automatic updates.

Links should make sense if the linked text is read by itself.  Avoid phrases like “click here” and “more”.

  • Instead of writing: Go to this US Government source for comprehensive homeowner data by clicking here.
  • Write something like this: The US Government provides comprehensive homeowner data.

Friendly URLs

Each guide should have a friendly URL

set the smart urls by clicking the pencil icons in the edit screen

The friendly URLs can be set in the following ways:

  • Guide: click the pencil next to the URL label
  • Page: click the pencil icon in the bordered box next to the Page URL label. 

Tips for Selecting a Truly Friendly URL:

  • Should always be lowercase.
  • Use letters, numbers dashes and underscores.
  • Don't use spaces.Use either dashes, underscores or combine into one word.
  • Limit to one or two words.