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Best Practices: Use Lists

Use Lists


  • facilitate scanning
  • create chunks
  • separate ideas
  • show relationships
  • allow counting

But...  Think about the order. If some list items are more important, put them at the top of the list.

No: Yes:

Courtesy cards:

Courtesy cards are not transferable and they are issued to individuals, not to organizations. Courtesy card holders may borrow materials for a maximum of FOUR WEEKS, with no renewals. Interlibrary loan services are not available to courtesy card holders.

Courtesy cards:

  • are not transferable
  • are issued to individuals, not to organizations
  • allow borrowing of materials for a maximum of 4 weeks, with no renewals
  • do not include access to Interlibrary loan services

Nielsen: lists improved usability by 47%