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LibGuide Author Style Guide: Links

Preferred practices for LibGuide authors

Usability Tip

Linked items should NOT open in a new page. Page proliferation is annoying to many users, especially mobile users. (Krug: 2014)

Internal Links

Link syntax

BAD:

To see more information about Interlibrary Loan, click here.

BAD

To see more information about Interlibrary Loan, go to: http://libguides.olympic.edu/home/services

GOOD

See more information about Interlibrary Loan.

External Links

The Link Checker in LibGuides tests links in database, link, and book assets, but not in rich text.

Many of us are accustomed to adding hypertext links to rich text using the link tool in the Rich Text Editor. (Figure 1) Unfortunately, the Link Checker tool does not check these links. As a result, our LibGuides have accumulated hundreds of broken links over the years.

Link tools in the Rich Text Editor
Figure 1. Link tools in the Rich Text Editor.

To fix this problem, we need to re-think the way we add links to LibGuides. One solution might be to convert in-text links to link assets. 

The example below shows an except from a guide with in-text links that are invisible to the Link Checker (Figure 2).  

Figure 3 shows the same content after its redesign.  Links are now visible to the link checker because they have been converted to link assets (Figure 3).

SOME RESOURCES:

Doug Plummer has been a commercial and fine artist for more than 20 years. He has experienced, from both sides of the table, numerous review events over the last five years. You can see his work or blogs at <http://www.dougplummer.com>

Adventure Photography http://www.michaelclarkphoto.com

CAMERA USER MANUALS: www.lensinc.com  and http://www.butkus.org/chinon/ www.acecam.com  or the manufacturer’s website

PHOTO COPYRIGHT GUIDE http://www.websteruniv.edu/~barrettb/copyguide.shtml

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S CRITTERCAM http://www.coexploration.org/crittercam/

Etc....

Figure 2. Excerpt from LibGuide with rich text links


Some Resources

Camera User Manuals

Photo Copyright Guide

Crittercams


Figure 3. Excerpt from redesigned LibGuide with checkable links