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Research Guides Style Guide

An evolving manual of best practices and examples for creating and maintaining Florida Tech Library Research Guides

The Purpose of this Style Guide

This guide outlines standards to follow when creating and maintaining the Evans Library's research guides. It covers best practices, tips, resources, and examples of how to design a research guide using LibGuides, a content management system from SpringShare. This ensures a unified presence across all guides.  When created and maintained effectively, research guides are a great way to inform, educate, and promote library resources to students, faculty, and research.

Before You Start....

Answer these questions:

1. Do we really need a new guide?

2. Does a guide on this topic already exist?  Collaborate with other librarians to reduce effort and duplication.

3. Is this information best suited as a Research Guide? Think about whether or not the content you would put in the guide would actually be more useful to researchers as an FAQ in Ask a Librarian, a page in Canvas, or content on your library's website. 

Note: Research Guides may be used to serve Florida Tech academic units and programs, courses, library services and information literacy and to support library activities. Any other use outside of the scope listed above should be proposed to the LibGuides Team and they will decide whether it is an appropriate use or not.