With all the resources and sub-topics covered by LibGuides, it helps to have some sort of concept directing the manner in which you use tabs to organize the content of your LibGuide. It is best to have each tab fulfill a specific function for the guide and it is commonly suggested that a LibGuide should not contain more than one row of tabs.
Remember that when organizing tabs, it is important that each tab direct users to information promised by the tab. Make sure that the tabs actively contribute to the research interests of customers.
Sub-tabs allow a single tab to direct customers to several different pages. Strategically used sub-tabs can be an efficient way to organize content. However, too many sub-tabs can overwhelm your customers and create confusion, which may lead to their inability to receive important information. Also, sub-tabs can be overlooked. Remember to indicate on the specific tab's page that users should scroll through the sub-tabs in order to find content.
One concern that you may have is what color to make your tabs. In keeping with the Emory color palate, Emory gold, blue, and gray are all appropriate choices. However, gold and blue may be best at attracting the attention of your users and directing them to specific content.