Content Style Guide: Getting Started
About this Guide
One of the best ways to ensure that our website is user-friendly is to follow industry best practices, keep the content focused on key user tasks, and keep our content up-to-date at all times.
This guide was written specifically for “library website” content (that lives in the CMS or LibGuides) but may apply to other types of library content as well.
This guide is under construction and will continue to change.
Planning, creating, and managing quality web content isn't as easy as it might seem. It’s hard work to make things simple. Contact the Web Services Librarian if you have questions, feedback, or need help.
Sources and Acknowledgement
This guide reflects industry standards and best practices and informed by the following:
- Nicely said: writing for the web with style and purpose byLearn how to write web copy that addresses your users’ needs and supports your library's goals.
- 4 SyllablesArticles on writing for the web.
- U.S. Digital Services PlaybookBy building digital services that meet user needs, we can make our services more effective.
- The UK's Content Design GuidePlanning and managing digital content to meet the needs the public has of government.
- The UK's Design PrinciplesDesign principles from the Government Digital Service of the UK.
- Mailchimp's Content Style GuideA guide to writing clear and consistent content across teams and channels.
- A List Apart's Style GuideStyle Guide for writing for the web.
- A Checklist for Content WorkBy Erin Kissane
Guide content originally created by Suzanne Chapman for the University of Illinois Libraries. Licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons By 4.0 license.
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- Last Updated: Feb 21, 2023 2:28 PM
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