► LibGuides centralize linking using two type of Assets management system, Links Assets and Databases Assets (also called A-Z list). The advantage of this system is that instead of copying the same link in hundred of guides and later on needed to update all those links if they change, now we can reusing Links using the Links and Database Assets options, which allow us to update all links as once!
► Friendly URLs : Not only can you create a friendly URL for the main guide but each page in the guide can have a friendly url, which make it easier and nicer to share with your users.
If you need to add links in a Rich Text Box, make sure that when you use the Add Link menu (link icon) to leave the link target as <not set> (the system will be our template default). Do not use any of the other options in the Target menu since they do not follow accessibility standards.
Add new links (not in the system) as Link Assets. Do NOT use this option to add links for databases.
Reuse link assets whenever possible. When someone updates the master link, all the reused/mapped links updated globally to match. Before creating a link, always check if someone else has created the link first!
Note: Please note that any link placed inside a Rich Text Box cannot be checked by the Link Checker, so you need to check them manually.
To learn more about how to use the Link Checker and all its function check the LibGuide Help Guide on the topic.
Sometimes it is necessary for a guide owner to add links directly into a Rich Text Box to give context to your content. Just remember that whether as Link Assets or Rich Text, links should open in the same window. This optimizes for accessibility and mobile devices and is consistent with the behavior of browsers and most websites. (Remember, users can always right-click a link and select "Open in New Tab." This is their choice.)
If the links are for library resources, add a link with the EZProxy:
You are ready to paste your link now!
Links should make sense if the anchor text is read by itself. This helps with accessibility. Avoid phrases like “click here” and “more”.
When creating lists of databases, use the "Database" Option from the Add/Reorder drop down menu.
Type the name of the database to locate it in the Database Assets list (A-Z List). Select the database and save. You can repeat this step as necessary. If the database link you are looking for is not in the list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add it to the A-Z list.
If you want to create a list of guides related to your main subject or course guide, instead of using the Link Option, use the Guide List option from the Add/Reuse drop down menu. Use this option avoid the creation of duplicates links of the same guide in the Links Assets directory. If the links for the guides changed, it will be reflected in your guide list immediately.
If you want to make list of books (print or electronic), use the Books from Catalog option instead that adding them as links in a box. This option allows you to use ISBN to pull out the book metadata and, if available, the book cover.
Friendly URLs make guides easier to find or share. URLs should be short yet descriptive. URLs should include only alphanumeric characters, dashes, and underscore characters. All guides should have friendly URLs. Friendly URLs for Pages in a guide are optional but highly recommended for Accessibility. The screenshot accompanying this page shows where to go to edit URLs.
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