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*Butler LibGuides: Standards & Best Practices: Classification & Naming

Created for Butler Librarians to help standardize our LibGuides and help make sure they adhere to best practices.

Types of LibGuides

Two important notes:

We are NOT using the Topic Guides label

You should still assign subjects to your guides to facilitate discovery.


Course Guides

Must relate to a specific course. 

Should focus more narrowly on specific topics or course needs/assignments.

Should clearly point users to the liaison librarian responsible for assisting this course.

Must follow the naming format to the left.

Examples:

  • ORG101: Field to Fork (Smith)
  • ST200: Intro to Science & Tech (Johnson)
  • ME421: Current Trends in Piano Pedagogy (Rodriguez)
  • EI101: Freshman Business Experience (Harper)

Subject Guides

Relate to a major, minor, college, or research topic.

Should broadly focus on resources for users in this area of study.

Should clearly point users to the liaison librarian responsible for this subject area.

Examples:

  • Business
  • Business Career Information
  • Accounting
  • Communication
  • Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies
  • Indiana History
  • Journalism
  • Sociology

General Purpose Guides

These guides cover research concepts and skills that are relevant to all students.

Examples:

  • Reference
  • Using eBooks
  • Citation Guides
  • Government Information

Internal Guides

Created for training or library staff only. Will not be listed on LibGuides main page, even if published.

Examples:

  • Information Commons LibGuide
  • Butler Standards (this LibGuide)

Naming your Course Guides

Course Code: Title of Course (Professor Last Name)

Examples:

  • ORG101: Field to Fork (Smith)
  • ST200: Intro to Science & Tech (Johnson)
  • ME421: Current Trends in Piano Pedagogy (Rodriguez)
  • EI101: Freshman Business Experience (Harper)

Note that there should NOT be a space between the course code and course number.

Exceptions:

  • If you are creating a course guide for multiple sections with different professors, simply leave off the Professor Last Name part.
    • EI101: Freshman Business Experience
  • If your guide spans multiple semesters in which the course number changes, you may leave off the course number
    • GHS: Global Experiences (Gray)
    • FYS: Field to Fork (Williams)

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Science Library: 317-940-9937
CAT: 317-940-8575

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