Users will skim and select content on web pages in an F-shaped pattern. Make your guide content easy to read with these tips:
"LibGuides" refers only to the web-based software package by SpringShare. We agreed to use the term "Research Guides" to refer to the collective of guides we have produced together. The general term "guides" is a category that refers to librarian-created web pages that are aids for subject- or course-based research; in this category there are "subject guides,", "course guides," "portal pages," and "how-to guides." The rest of the site is composed simply of web pages.
It is important internally that we don't confuse LibGuides (the package) with the pages created with that package, and important in communicating with library patrons that "LibGuides" not be used at all. (Think of "LibGuides" as being akin to "Microsoft Word." You would never refer to a document created in MS Word this way: "Just read that MS Word I sent you.")
For consistency's sake, call them pages. SpringShare calls them pages and so do users.
The following sites contain resources for effective usablity and writing for the web.
The following are a small survey of University best-practice guides:
We gratefully credit Jesse Martinez and the Boston College librarians for permission to use their LibGuides Standards guide as the basis for our own