Library Guides with Google Sites

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A concise guide on how to use Google Sites as a FREE replacement for LibGuides. Discusses best practices in creating a library guide and links to tutorials & template for a library guide.

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Library Guides with Google Sites

  1. 1. Using Google Sites as aReplacement for LibGuidesSeth Allen | Director of Library ServicesCarolina Graduate School of Divinity
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Creating Your FirstSite in Google SitesLink toVideo
  6. 6. Adding Pagesand External LinksLink toVideo
  7. 7. 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

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