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LibGuides Style Guide - Best Practices: Writing for the Web

This Guide contains best practices and guidelines for use in designing and publishing LibGuides at TMCC.

Writing for the Web - Best Practices

  • Avoid using big blocks of text - and be careful when pasting text - in the example below, pasted text has huge headings and small body text. It is much better style to use a link to the information with a descriptive sentence: Assertiveness - tips from the University of California San Diego.


What is Assertiveness?

Assertiveness is the ability to honestly express your opinions, feelings, attitudes, and rights, without undue anxiety, in a way that doesn't infringe on the rights of others.

Where does Non-Assertive Behavior come from?

Many of us are taught that we should always please and/or defer to others, that it is not nice to consider our own needs above those of others, or that we shouldn't "make waves", that if someone says or does something that we don't like, we should just be quiet and try to stay away from that person in the future.


  • Use bold font sparingly
  • Avoid underlining text. Users could confuse underlined text for a hyperlink.
  • Use the pronoun We to refer to library services:
    • "We (or The Library) provide study rooms."
    • "We can help you with your research needs."
  • Italics can be used for emphasis and for book and journal titles.

See the following Guides from the LibGuide Community for more examples and tips.