Add a Creative Commons license

I added a Creative Commons license to my “Avoiding Plagiarism” LibGuide in the Guide Title area.

Creative Commons have a License Chooser that allows you to choose the conditions of the license and then generate embed code.

Here is how to do it:

Guide settings > Change Guide Information

Put the embed code from the Creative Commons license chooser into the Description area

October 29th, 2013

Check your links

About Link Checker

Check for expired/non-working links on your guides.

Some notes about link checker:

  • It only check links within the following box types:
    • Web Links,
    • Links & Lists,
    • Dates & Events,
    • RSS Feeds & Podcasts,
    • Books,
    • User Submits, and
    • Polls.
  • Links behind proxies, and links that redirect 1 or more times are not checked.

***Remember: Links entered in the rich text editor are not checked.***

How to check links

Login to your account and go to Tools > Link Checker

Screenshot showing location of link checker.

There you will see a list of your guides with non-working links. Here is what it looks like:

Screen showing list of broken links.

From here you can check or correct them.




September 12th, 2013

Away or on vacation?

In an effort to head off frustration in students because you don’t respond … try adding a temporary note to your Profile Box in your subject guides so people emailing you will see when you are away.

Thanks for the tip Jane!

 Librarian profile with a note relating her absence.



June 12th, 2013

Alt text for images

Add alternative (alt) text for images. Remember, images could include micrographs, photographs, pictures, paintings, Snagit of text,…

Painting.Micrograph. Crystal structure.

(Image sources: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jeda_Villa_Painting.jpg; http://www.jbc.org/content/286/7/5023.full; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Structure/mmdb/mmdbsrv.cgi?uid=77602)

The alt text you use will be determined by the purpose of the image.

Decorative Images

If the purpose is decorative, that is, it does not convey information, don’t provide alt text. The alt text attribute should be null, like this:

alt = “”.

Example: This LibGuide content box has text and an image. In this case the image is purely decorative, not conveying any information; it does not need alt text.


What does null alt text look like? It is found within the Image Tag; see it in this snippet of HTML from the Plain Text Editor:

<p><img style=”vertical-align: top;” src=”http://lgimages.s3.amazonaws.com/data/imagemanager/15514/canada_research_data_strategy.jpg” alt=”” height=”210″ width=”307″ /></p>

 How to Add Null Alt Text

When you edit or insert an image in LibGuides, you get a dialogue box asking for information which includes text for the “alt tag”; this is where you insert the alt text, but…

Dialogue box showing editing fields with the alt tag field highlighted.

…leave the Alt Tag field blank. Instead, you will use the Plain Text Editor.

Screenshot illustrating the Plain Text editor.

Look for the image tag: <img />.
Add the null alt text: alt = “” so you get:
<img alt = “” />.

Another Example:

<p style=”text-align: center;”><img style=”border: 1px solid black;” src=”http://lgimages.s3.amazonaws.com/data/imagemanager/19580/fbissmall.jpg” alt=”” /></p>

 Images with Purpose

The alt text must convey the purpose of the image and that depends upon the context of its use; it is more than merely description.

This image may be showing students working in a library; alt text might say “Students using the Porter Library”. Or, it may be showing the new library space; alt text might say “Spacious new lobby at the Porter Library”.

Students working at stand-up computers in Porter Library.

 How to Add Alt Text

When you edit or insert an image in LibGuides, you get a dialogue box asking for information which includes text for the “alt tag”; this is where you insert the alt text.

Dialogue showing editing fields with the alt tag field highlighted.



June 11th, 2013

Link opens in new window

A new system-wide setting for WINDOW TARGET in LINKS BOXES has been changed.

Links will  open in the same window now, as opposed to opening in a new window; this was done so we follow accessibility guidelines.

You can check links in your guides by going into the edit menu of each link; check that the WINDOW TARGET is set to USE SYSTEM DEFAULT.

Screenshot of editing choices in a link box, showing the Window Target field.

Did you know…there is a shortcut method for opening links in a new window?

Right-click the link to get a menu of choices on where to open a link.

Right-click menu is displayed



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