Best Practices for LibGuides at USF


This guide will help you create a usable, readable and well-designed guide. It lists standards, best practices, and guidelines to follow when creating and updating libguides.  


Writing for the Web
  • Write clearly and simply.
  • Put the most important information at the top.
  • Avoid long paragraphs of content. Use lists instead, as they are more readable.
  • Less is more! Aim for action content and avoid prose. 
  • Break up long lists. Lists with more than 7 items appear long and may not get read.


Images on a page or in a particular box can liven up a page and break up text. They can provide graphical clues about content.  Use only CC licensed, public domain or your own images on your guide.

Multimedia Resources
  • In addition to text based resources consider adding podcasts, videos and other multimedia. They can add interest and appeal to guides as well as useful information.
  • It's important to adhere to copyright standards when using multimedia.
  • The default size for videos can range from very small thumbnails to very large, page sized. 560x315 is one recommended size to use.