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UWM LibGuides Training Site

An internal resource page used for training and getting started with LibGuides at the UWM Libraries.

Content Standards

LibGuides Style Standards at UWM

LibGuides are most effective when they address a specific instructional problem and connect students with library resources specific to their course. Therefore, course guides should include:

  1. A profile on the main page of the guide that includes contact information for the Librarian (the guide owner).
    1. You may also include the Research Help box below your profile.
    2. Use a 25% column for the Research Help and profile boxes.
  2. A list of relevant databases using the “core and more” method.
    1. Use the “Add database” function to ensure your databases are mapped to the assets and can be updated easily by the administrator.
    2. You may add a custom description to highlight relevant content or strategies.
  3. Tags—simple keywords phrases that describe your content
  4. Naming: please name course pages with the course name and number
  5. URLs: When you publish your guide, please use the course abbreviation and number
  6. Please assign one to three relevant subjects for your guide
  7. Add your guide to the Course Guide category
  1. A standard color scheme, font, and style have been established by the Administrator
  2. Use the first page of your guide to present essential content. Avoid introductions to the guide and extensive “Help”.
  3. All important links should be entered using the “add link” option rather than “spelled out”. Full URLs will print if they are entered properly. For example:
    • NO: For more information see the library homepage at
    • YES: For more information see the libraries homepage.
  1. Individual Accounts should be used for creating guides that are tied to instruction or subject expertise. An individual profile should include contact information for the individual and a professional photo. Chat widgets can also be embedded in the profile.
  2. Interns will be assigned editor accounts. Ownership of guides, critical editing and maintenance of all guides is the responsibility of permanent staff. Interns can be given credit for the guide by adding them as an editor.
  3. Departmental accounts can be created and tied to a departmental email account. This is recommended if responsibility for editing guides will be shared by more than one person in a department. A profile for the department that lists hours, contact information and a representative photo must be included in all guides.

Kristin Woodward 
Instructional design support and online information literacy delivery

John Hubbard
For account creation, LibGuides Content Standards, HTML questions, electronic resources and Databases A-Z list

All pages that will serve as a utility for librarians, such as internal planning and training guides should not be published. These guides can be published privately so that only users who know the URL can retrieve the guide. 

LibGuides Accounts 

To get started creating Research and Course Guides please contact Kristin Woodward to request an account and schedule training. The training session will cover basic information about creating guides at the UWM Libraries. Basic online training will be provided in advance. 


Self-Review Checklist

Before publishing your guide review the purpose and design of the guide using the questions in this self-review:

  1. Does the guide address an instructional problem? 
  2. Does the guide use a core and more strategy to present resources?
  3. Is the first page used to outline the strategy?
  4. Does the guide maintain its integrity in the mobile version?
  5. Does the guide use a clear web writing voice?
  6. Is narrative kept to a minimum?
  7. Does the guide have a maintenance plan? (Owner is editor?)
  8. Does the guide use photos to illustrate a concept?
  9. Are the links done in proper web style?
  10. Are the majority of links linked as assets for ease of maintenance?
  11. Are tabs kept to a minimum?
  12. Is the content selected carefully so as not to overwhelm the reader?
  13. Does the content extend the expertise of the subject specialist?