See link fragments in action:
- Adding links and anchors using the rich text editor: https://ask.springshare.com/libguides/faq/904#links
- Link to this tip: https://buzz.springshare.com/springynews/news-51/libguides-tricks#s-lg-box-26026379
It's traditionally a busy time of year as students gear up for midterms, library programming is underway, and we generally have more energy as the days get longer in the northern hemisphere. In this edition of LibGuides Tips & Tricks, we bring you some bite-sized shortcuts geared towards making you and your users' lives a little easier!
Quickly convey information about your individual databases with resource icons. Not only do they provide some visual interest to your A-Z list, but they also can direct a user to a library login page, FAQ, or other access help page.
If you're not currently using them, here are a few examples of what they can tell students/patrons.
Newspapers of the Future:
Springy Training has repurposed an A-Z list for its video library, and A-Z Databases that Pop is:
Eliminate the need to say “head to this page, scroll down to ____ and click on the third option” with link fragments. These optional link placeholders tell a web browser to skip to a certain section of a page. And while they sound super technical, they're easy to create and share!
https://library.libguides.com/welcome#request https://library.libguides.com/apa#social-media https://library.libguides.com/visit#s-lg-box-123456
In each link, the part of the URL starting with a hash symbol (#) is a fragment. And as you can see, not only does it create a shortcut for your users, but it can also provide a clear indication to them where they will land.
How can you create these in LibGuides? There are two different ways!
Easily link to a specific box that contains your library's contact information or 'request an item' form.
To direct a user to a section of Rich Text/HTML content, you can create a link fragment with the rich text editor!
Modifying your guide? If you're planning on making any large changes, make it a habit to first make an HTML guide backup! This simple initial step can save you a lot of stress and heartache later if you decide that your restructuring idea didn't work out as you'd hoped or if you removed some content and want it back later. While it won't automatically restore your content, it will give you that all-important blueprint to recreate it!
Note: Deleting a guide automatically creates an HTML backup.
Guide types are handy to guide creators and editors who need to organize site content, as well as to guide readers who need to quickly jump to certain types of information.
But did you know you can change the name of your guide types? While this doesn't change each type's behavior (read our FAQ on how guide type affects visibility), you can either make the type's name better reflect the type of content that's in it, or how you're using it.
For more information on customizing your site's language options, read our related FAQ.