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Making LibGuides

How To Make Good Research Guides

Embed Video

We can embed video content using LibGuide's Media/Widget Asset Tool.

Did you know that you can embed videos from Kanopy, Docuseek, and Alexander Street Press?  Simply find the movie of your choice, click Share or Embed, and copy the code. Use the the LibGuides Media/Widget Asset Tool to paste the code in Please note that patrons will need to log in with their OneKey if they are off-campus.

<iframe allow='encrypted-media;' width='640' height='390' src='' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen></iframe>

Embed Books

LibGuides features built in tools to allow us to add items from the catalog directly into our guides. This is a great way to highlight key items in the collections while adding visual flair to our guide. Learn how with Springshare's Guide on adding books from the catalog. (and be sure to use permalinks from our catalog!)

Use Images

Use Gifs & Images! ...but avoid linking images from other websites. This practice often results in broken images over time and can become difficult to maintain. The best way to include images in your LibGuides is to upload a stable copy directly with the LibGuides Image Manager

The only exception to this rule is websites that are designed for distributing images with stable linking, like Giphy.

Avoid images that communicate information with text. Large infographics with lots of text are not accessible without a transcript.

You can insert images in LibGuides by insterting a Rich Text/Html box and using the insert image tool on the text editor.

Good sources for Public Domain & Creative Commons images:

Avoid screenshots of UI

Screenshots of user interfaces are problematic for a bunch of reasons.

  • Images of text or user interfaces are not accessible.
  • The appearance of buttons, tools, and links can fool users.
  • It's often much easier to explain a process with text and use small screenshots of specific UI elements. full screenshots often provide too much information/clutter.

Sometimes, you need to include an image of an interface. If so, make sure your screenshot is cropped so that only the necessary elements are included. Be sure also to explain the process with text so that the image is not the only instructive element.

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