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Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What are these?

One of the great things about LibGuides is the freedom to design content however you'd like - but sometimes the number of choices can get overwhelming!

The institutions featured on this page have created great collections of tips, tricks, and best practices for guide authors. They remind folks about standard website usability principles, and include links to tools that can help give a guide a bit of zip.

If you are just getting started with creating your own Best Practices, you might want to also check out our Guide for Best Practices

If you'd like to share best practices at your own institution, please email us at


Can I use this guide in my site?

Absolutely - all guides featured in the Best Of site have been cleared for sharing! Here's how:

  • Click the guide link (above)
  • Copy the guide's URL
  • Follow these instructionsto copy a guide from another system into your site!,

And remember - when reusing content from another site, it's always nice to add an attribution, see the box above for attribution information.

Can I nominate a Guide?

Want to submit a site for Best Of? Awesome! But before you email, remember The Rules:

1) To be featured, guide owners must agree to share their content

2) All nominations should include a brief statement on what makes it the best

3) Want to nominate your own guide? Cool! Just let us know it's yours.


Guideline Examples

When implementing LibGuides, it can be useful to provide your LG newbies with guidelines on how you want certain information to appear. This can make a huge difference for users when looking at site continuity!


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