Style Guide

Subject guides have a couple of purposes

  • Highlight authenticated resources that the library subscribes to.
  • Feature that best open web resources available.

I. Intro Statement

Note: Not a heading level. Examples:

  • Objective: To support the research needs of Whatcom students in the Nursing program.
  • Purpose: Philosophy is a major academic field that covers many topics. WCC offers several courses on philosophy including Critical Thinking, Logic, Ethics and Religion. This guide is meant to help students find the best research sources both within the libraries collection and on the open web.

When in a Tabbed Guide, can be under the H2 tab titled: “Introduction”

  • Political Science is the study of systems of government, politics, and power. WCC offers courses on Political Science including Political Theory, American Governement, International Relations, and Comparative Government. This guide is meant to help students find the best sources for both within the libraries collection and on the open web, as well as resources for keeping current on political news and events. see example here

II. Print materials

Call Numbers should always be displayed with spaces & bolded in a parenthesis with their physical collection indicated.

HB 345 .F45U78 2009


Print Book Example:

Web Development & Design Foundations with HTML 5 (print Stacks QA 76.76  .H94 F455 2017)

Washington Court Rules (print Reference KFW 529 .A21 2016)

Washington Court Rules, State, Local, & Federal (print Reference KFW 529.A21 2013)


eBook Example

Python Crash Course: A Hands-on, Project-Based Introduction to Programming (2015) “…a fast-paced, thorough introduction to Python that will have you writing programs, solving problems, and making things that work in no time.”

H2 or H3 Browse the Stacks

  • Stacks range
    • Simple – use Dropcap Shortcode (max 2 letters).
    • Complex – useSpoiler shortcode
    • Combo – see example

Example Stacks

H2 or H3 Print Magazines (if exists)

Use if there is a small sample. For example

art magazines

III. Background Information

  • [icon name="film"] FilmsOnDemand: Eduction
  • [icon name="book"] Credo Topics: Geography



IV. Featured Databases (if exists)

[row][column size="1/3"][pods name="authenticated_databa" slug="cmmc" template="Authdbs Logo (full) with Link"][/column][column size="2/3"][pods name="authenticated_databa" slug="cmmc" template="AuthDbs - Single Line (wcc logo)"][/column][/row]


display feature db

V. eBooks

RSS Feed (Get code from Christy)


VI. Academic Journals

  • Example top journals we have access to (whether OA or db) –
  • (optional) Mention: [A-Z Journals]
  • (optional) Mention: Still can’t find a particular article? Request articles through Interlibrary Loan

Example: Journals/pMags together

journals and mags

VII. Keep Learning or Keeping Up With… (tab) – optional


Additionally… How to Present Information ((Ref))

Be friendly – Provide static descriptions of each resource

  • Evidence 1: “Users didn’t want to remember what a rollover description contained.” (University of Washington: LibGuides Usability Testing)
  • Evidence 2: “Users wanted description of the databases they were presented.” (University of Washington: LibGuides Usability Testing)

Less is better than more – Key information only

  • Evidence 1: Information overload for users
  • Evidence 2: Cluttered pages

Space – Break up content

  • Evidence 1: It is more readable when there is a space or break.
  • It doesn’t need to contain the kitchen sink, which can be overwhelming – less is more!

Minimize redundancy

  • Evidence 1: “Users were confused about links and search boxes that went to the same place.” (University of Washington: LibGuides Usability Testing)

Be consistent in terms of layout and styles

  • Evidence 1: “Inconsistent layouts confused users. User behavior demonstrated that inconsistent structure made it hard for them to find resources and created confusion.” (University of Washington: LibGuides Usability Testing)

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