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KSL Research Guides Style Guide: Home

Modules people can copy to their guides. Keep them "linked" so they change on your guides when updated.

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Reminder: Online Access

  • Library resources require going through CWRU Single Sign-On.
  • The best method is to follow links from the library website.
  • When logged in and a browser window is not closed, access should continue from resource to resource.
  • Remember to close your browser when done.
  • More information see this guide.

Reminder: Online Access

  • Library resources require going through CWRU Single Sign-On.
  • The best method is to follow links from the library website.
  • When logged in and a browser window is not closed, access should continue from resource to resource.
  • Remember to close your browser when done.
  • More information see this guide.

Required Content

Your profile needs to have:

  • picture
  • email address
  • phone

 

All guides must have:

  • Use a KSL designed, tested, and required template. Under Side-Nav layout, there are 2 versions for "research" and 2 for "events". Use whichever one best matches your need. The main difference is the "event" template does not automatically display the librarian's LibGuide profile, so you add custom contact information somewhere in the guide's content.
  • At least one profile or a box describing who to contact.
  • Ask A Librarian module & VPN reminder module on the first page (KSL templates do this for you automatically.)
  • Links must be in the "link" content type. Do not embed links directly in the free text. Use text box, following by "add link", and go back to text box. Not adding links correctly, bypasses assessment tools (such as link click counts), bypasses the link checker, and prevents the batch fix or change of links. In addition, librarian-conducted usability testing shows users find and use the links when pulled out separately. In addition, the link tool guarantees that accessibility requirements are all met.
  • Books must be in the "book" content type. Use the permalinks from the catalog.
  • Databases must be in the "databases" content type
  • Guides need a friendly URL.
  • "Group" is reserved for FC and SC. Do not assign your guide to a group as the templates are different.
  • Box headers should be consistent capitalization, etc.
  • Guides must have one or more of the subjects listed. At a minimum, you would list the department it supports. "Event-specific" should be used when appropriate.
  • Guides must have one or more tags as defined by you.
  • Course guides should be created as a subpage for the appropriate subject guide. This is important for Canvas automatic linking AND to drive users to the related content in the subject guide as students progress through their coursework. The course subpage should be maintained for about 4 years as students may return to them to find a resource they remember using, and the subpage can be retired after 4 years if the course no longer taught.
  • Each department must have a primary guide.

 

Guides can also have:

  • KSL Facebook module
  • RSLs module
  • KSL phone numbers module

 

Tips & Tricks

  • Organize around "actions" rather than types of resources
  • Look at "guide overall" and "details" statistics to see if usage suggests possible improvements
  • Repurpose content: create a box on one guide and link to it OR point to other guides; No need to recreate and maintain identical content in multiple places.
  • Use bullets, images, and white space to break up text-heavy content.
  • Teach "how to use" or "why to use" a resource (i.e. not just lists of resources).
  • Limit to the top 3-5 resources to avoid pointing every potential resource. Focus on a few but point to the appropriate subject categories in the databases list for more tools that can be used.
  • Re-use links and books already in the system. No need to create a new link and new book for already used items. It creates additional maintenance work and will reduce the usage data for those items.

Profile Pictures Specifications

PNG or JPG

200px wide x 140px high

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Research Tools

KSL on Facebook & CampusGroups

Kelvin Smith Library can be found in CampusGroups at: 

https://community.case.edu/ksl/about/

 

KSL Favorite Guides

Think Forum Related Guides

These guides were created to support the previous Town Hall series and the current Think Forum Lecture Series. They are listed in the order of newest first.

Research Services Librarians

You can contact a librarian by phone, email, chat, or in-person to assist in all your needs. See our Ask A Librarian services page.

KSL Phone Numbers

  • KSL Hours Hotline: 216-368-6500
  • Service Center: 216-368-3506
  • ASKSL Text Messages: 216-220-8261
  • Freedman Center: 216-368-0932
  • Special Collections: 216-368-0189
  • Astronomy Library: 216-368-6701
  • Kulas Music Library: 216-368-2403

Special Projects Officer

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Brian Gray
Contact:
Kelvin Smith Library 201-F
(216) 368-8685