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Waterloo LibGuides for guide authors: Get started

Purpose of this guide

Consistency within and across our research guides is key in making a good user-focused experience. This guide provides templates, guidelines, and resources to help you create user-friendly guides.

Your first step should be to decide the purpose and target audience of the guide. After that you can start planning it and then creating it!

Writing for your LibGuide website

In creating and writing for your website, be it a research guide or a course guide, we have guidelines that need to be adhered to. As you create your guide, always consider your audience. What are their goals? What do they know? Is the structure of your guide easy to navigate? 

As you write, keep things simple. Remember that your guide's users may not have the information or experience that you take for granted. Be clear concise, friendly, and professional. When possible, sentences should be 20 words or fewer. Paragraphs should be 70 words or fewer. Avoid jargon, acronyms, and long paragraphs. Instead, chunk your information and use parallelism. 

The following resources provide guidance or tutorials.

Instructions on how to use and maintain the LibGuides content management system

Using the rich text editor

"Rich Text Editor" features include:

  • Styles
  • Bold, italic, and strikethrough formatting
  • Paragraph alignment
  • Numbered and bulleted lists
  • Links and anchors
  • Images
  • Quotations
  • Tables

Guides statistics

HTML Backup of a Guide

Your LibGuide admin


LibGuides are part of how the University of Waterloo Library delivers critical information and resources to our students, staff, and faculty. Based on your level of comfort and familiarity with LibGuides, you will undoubtedly have questions.

For any questions regarding the appearance, accessibility, function, and creation of LibGuides, please contact Michael Clark

If you intend to create a LibGuide for use in the delivery of instruction, please contact Kari Weaver, Learning, Teaching, & Instructional Design Librarian.