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LibGuides Manual

Writing for the Web

Guide Introduction

On your guide's home page, provide a concise overview of the guide's content and scope.  To add a box of text, follow these steps:

  • Click on Add/ Reorder
  • select Rich Text/ HTML
  • enter your text and click on save

Guide Context

For each page of a guide, provide a brief paragraph explaining the significance of the page's contents.    

Friendly URLs

  • Use - to separate words in a URL. Example: harlem-renaissance
  • provide friendly URLs for each page of a research guide

Research Guide Titles

  • the title's most important words should be at the beginning of the title
  • ex: Abraham Lincoln: A Resource Guide

Research Guide Descriptions

The description should summarize the most important contents of the guide, without restating the title.

Writing Style & Tone

All of the above guidelines, with the exception of "use the same terms consistently," come from the following source:

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines, Enlarged/Expanded edition. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006.

Text

The above guidelines are from the following source:

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines, Enlarged/Expanded edition. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006.