Best Practices from Springshare
Research and Course Guides
The general intent of the UK Libraries' Research and Course Guides is to provide subject-oriented pathfinders/instructional guides and class-oriented pages that guide students through specific approaches to assignments.
Links to Research Guides on the Springshare site can be added to any information resource record using the Subject Associations box on the staff-side of the website via the Information Resource input form.
To avoid confusion, duplication and overlap, URLs to all Electronic Resources will be maintained on the UK website. This will make the maintenance of the links added to the Springshare site much more manageable. Database Link Addition Process for Research Guides details ways to use these resources on the Springshare site.
Once a new Research Guide is ready for public use, send the name of the Guide to firstname.lastname@example.org so it can added to the main website for use in Information Resource records and on the research guide listings on campus library pages.
Guidelines Established at the July 21, 2009 CM Meeting
- The first tab on every page will be called "Getting Started"; all other tabs will be at the discretion of the Content Manager.
- We will use the Registrar’s list of classes for our course abbreviations and numbers.
- We will use the UK editorial guide for our conventions.
- The “Ask a Librarian Link” will be the first box on the left-hand side, across from the profile. The page will have “Ask-a-Librarian” on the left and the profile on the right. Link to the box below for the standard format for this box.
- Class pages will be kept with the subject Research Guide. They will be in a drop-down box under a Course Guides tab.
- Layer the URLs for all links under the text for that link, i.e., do not make URLs part of the visible text.
- If you use initialisms or acronyms to keep your tabs short, use the description field to create a mouse-over that spells out the meaning in full.
- If a student or other temporary employee works on a Research Guide, a full-time librarian or staff member must oversee the creation of the page and approve its content before it goes live. The temporary employee should be given access as an editor or collaborator, NOT as a co-owner. The full-time person's profile will be affiliated with the page, and that person will take over maintenance of the page when the temporary person has left.
- Refer to your guide as a research guide or a course guide--do not use the term "libguide" in public documents.