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Best Practices LibGuide: Useful Tools

Use this guide to learn best practices and new ideas for your LibGuides.


This page contains useful tools that you may want to use when creating and teaching from LibGuides.

Springshare offers many webinars (and recordings of webinars) that are very helpful, so check them out!



Canva's drag-and-drop feature and layouts can be used to design, share and print presentations--and more!



DOCSTeach is an online tool for teaching with documents, from the National Archives.

  • Access thousands of primary sources  — letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types — spanning the course of American history.
  • Borrow from an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities created by the National Archives, and teachers around the world. Copy and modify activities for your students.
  • Create your own activities using the online tools. It’s as simple as: (1) selecting a tool, (2) choosing your primary sources, and (3) customizing instructions.






Google apps are very helpful and can be used to create:

  • Notes and lists (Docs)
  • Spreadsheets (Sheets)
  • Presentations (Slides)
  • Quizzes and polls (Forms)




Mentimeter helps you create presentations with interactive features, which create a much more engaging experience students.


OER Commons


OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.




Open Educational Resources can be found in a variety of places online. Some OERs that might interest you can be found here.



Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images, videos and music. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.

What is allowed?

All content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital, except in the cases mentioned in "What is not allowed".
Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the contributor or Pixabay is not necessary but is always appreciated by our community.
You can make modifications to content from Pixabay.

What is not allowed?

This section only applies to image users and not to the appropriate image authors.

Don't redistribute or sell someone else's Pixabay images or videos on other stock or wallpaper platforms.
Don't sell unaltered copies of an image. e.g. sell an exact copy of a stock photo as a poster, print or on a physical product.
Don't portray identifiable people in a bad light or in a way that is offensive.
Don't use images with identifiable brands to create a misleading association with a product or service.


QR Code Generator

"QR" stands for "Quick Response", which refers to the instant access to the information hidden in the Code.



Springshare has so much to offer LibGuide designers--tips for managing your guides, databases, images, and more! Tips like:

  • Weed unused and unneeded guides

  • Clean up unused and duplicate assets

  • Use the link checker and replace broken links

Explore the Springshare tutorials on their website for more information. Recorded tutorials on a variety of topics may be found here.



The internet’s source of freely-usable images.

Powered by creators everywhere.


Vimeo's Public Domain Video collection contains a completely free library of HD footage that can be used by anyone for anything.

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