Some content/wording on this page was gathered from the Boston College Libraries LibGuide Standards and Best Practices. We are thankful to them for their work.
It is very important that the content on our guides be accessible to all of our users. There are things we can do to make sure we are making the guides as inclusive as possible. These standards need to be met before publishing a guide. See the Accessibility section of this guide to make sure you are adhering to accessibility guidelines here at HSLIC.
Guides should build in contextual information and not just be a list of links. There is an inevitable tension between conflicting purposes: bulleted lists for quick findability and lists of resources vs. sentences and paragraphs for explanation. Try to alternate modes: break up explanations with bullets, sub-headings, and other visual cues (though see the Accessibility section to make sure you are adhering to those standards) to group smaller "chunks" of information.
Usability tests from MIT and Michigan University show that students are confused by excessive content and don't want images or design elements (like different fonts, colors, etc.) that don't have purpose. So, tabs, text, lists, number of pages, and boxes should be kept to a minimum. Furthermore images should only be utilized when trying to convey a specific message and changes in colors of text should be kept to a minimum (fonts should never be changed).