Using Google Sites as aReplacement for LibGuidesSeth Allen | Director of Library ServicesCarolina Graduate School of Divinity
Usability Studiesand Library GuidesJakob Nielsen, an expert in the field of usability hasdiscovered that users scan websites in a rough F shape.The red areas are those parts of the page read first.
Best Practices forLibrary Research Guides• Keep it concise• Break up text with paragraphs and multiplecolumns• Use multiple pages - users will only read 28% ofany webpage• Dont use fancy text - this is not ADA compliant• Remember the F-shaped reading pattern whendesigning the site
Best Practices forLibrary Research Guides• Establish your presence with a picture and contactinfo!• Subject guides are good, course guides are best(i.e. make the guide as specific as possible)• Think about ways to incorporate information literacyskills, such as:o Narrowing/broadening keywords, selectingappropriate information formats & sources for aspecific purpose, citing info sources correctlyLink to Research Guide Template
Creating Your FirstSite in Google SitesLink toVideo
ReferencesNielsen, J. (2006, April 17). F-shaped pattern for reading web content.Retrieved from http://www.nngroup.com/articles/f-shaped-pattern-reading-web-content/Vanderbilt University. (2012, October 10). Best practices guide.Retrieved fromhttp://researchguides.library.vanderbilt.edu/bestpracticesWalker, J. (2013 , January 30). Libguide design - best practices.Retrieved from http://guides.library.uncc.edu/libguides