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Some of our subjects only have one guide assigned to it. It would be great to bypass the subject index page and go straight to the guide.

For example, if I have the Subject Area 'Accounting' that has one guide assigned to "Introduction to Accounting" if I click on the subject link from the homepage, I am routed to the Subject Index page for 'Accounting' that only lists one guide. And from that page, I have to click on the link "Introduction to Accounting" to navigate to the guide. It would be great for subject areas that only have one guide assigned to it to bypass the subject index page and navigate straight to the guide.
Last Updated: Nov 01, 2011  |  440 Views

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(1) Admin Stuff Subject Categories

(2) Locate section titled Subject Page Redirect

(3) To enable this sort of routing, just select Automatically redirect to the resource rather than displaying the subject page

Although this redirecting is possible, before implementing it, we suggest you consider two things: 

(1) Usability: It may be confusing to users if clicking one subject link on a page they are taken to a list of guides, while other subject links take them right to a guide.

(2) Navigation: Automatically redirecting users to a guide makes it impossible for them to browse different subjects to see what guides are available, since every time you hit a subject with just one guide you are redirected away from the browse screen to a different guide whether or not that is the guide you wanted to view.

Answered by Talia RichardsBookmark and Share

Other Answers / Comments (2)

  1. I'm going to agree with the original poster and say that it would be LOVELY to have the option to be able to go straight to single guides in a subject when there is only one guide in existence. Your first point about confusion is well taken and yes, it is nice for our users to be able to browse related subjects. However, I would argue it's a bit frustrating to have to do the extra clicks when there's just one guide. I have a single chemistry guide and when I direct them to the main page for our LibGuides and then to the subject they want, I see a lot of head scratching and hear "why do we have to click twice?" Because that's the way they do things is not really a satisfactory answer.
    Also, there is plenty of browsing to be had using tags!
    by Krista Schmidt on Feb 15, 2011.
  2. Hi Krista,
    You make some excellent points and thanks for clarifying them. I have passed along your comments to our tech support team and if we decide to change the behavior of the subject categories, you'll be the first to hear about it!
    :) Talia
    by Talia Resendes on Feb 15, 2011.

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