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A Gumberg Library research guide

Delete this box when you copy the template

A "dual environment" research guide is one that works in the mobile phone environment and the desktop/laptop environment. To make these, you do not need to use any code or monkey with the custom CSS (Well, if you embed a video at the bottom you will need one bit of code). It all has to do with the arrangement of the boxes containing the materials the guide points to. These guides should be kept simple, one page only, with a minimum of the verbal curating and explanation so many librarians clutter their guides with. Not all topics are appropriate for treatment in this relatively briefer sort of guide. When you use this template, the boxes should be floating boxes, those where you hide the header. The order of the items presented on this template follows the classic research process in a logical flow. While you can choose not to use a particular box, if you change the order, your guide will be shameful and ugly and ineffective. Try to keep the column lengths even, if possible.



Put a well-chosen picture here.

This is the most important thing on the guide. It defines the subject in the way that verbiage cannot. Make it striking and unusual.

Make sure it is more rectangular than square.

This is the guide introduction. Keep it very short. You don't have to say why the topic is important. You are not an expert on it anyway, so your explanation would not be authoritative. It is important because a teacher says so or people are interested in it.

This research guide will connect you to reference works, print books and ebooks, databases for articles, and other information sources on...

Introductory articles

All of these resources can be accessed from off-campus, but you will need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link below.

Try to keep this "above the fold," if possible.

reference works

Fill this in with a few Books From Catalog, print or electronic. In some cases, showing the covers will add visual interest. In others it may make sense to omit them.

You may want to move this box to the top of column two.

primary sources

Works by ????? are available from the Past Masters (or other) database(s). They can be used off-campus by entering your Multipass username and password.

This box is optional.

Find Books

Click on any link below to run a search in the online catalog, for all books and other materials on that subject in, or accessible through, the Gumberg Library.

To learn how to find EBooks for these searches, click here.

Create permalinks to searches on the topic of the guide and related topics using Library of Congress Subject Headings. Alternately, you may want to create expert keyword searches to get at aspects of the topic for which there are no LCSH. For this section to be effective you really need to analyze the hell out of the topic. These links may suggest to the user narrower aspects of the topic they have never thought of. Maybe make some of the links to just ebooks, if they are hard to get to otherwise. See examples of how to use this box on the "Gumberg Library Dual Environment Research Guides" LibGuide.

Selected journals

To use e-journals off-campus, you will need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link

This box is optional.

Find Articles

All of these resources can be accessed from off-campus, but you will need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link below.

How do you find full text?

Create links to a good selection of relevant databases with the most useful for the topic at the top. Hide the database descriptions.


To access electronic resources off campus you will need to enter your Multipass information

Hide the database descriptions.



Embed video here.

Center it. If you need the code, I can supply it and show you how to use it.. This is the only piece of code used on any of the Dual Environment guides. If you want to use a caption describing the video, center it and put it above the embedded video.

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