Resources can be tagged with keywords to help readers sort and find the resource. To be most effective, keywords should identify elements that readers are likely to use as search items. Use keywords strategically and sparingly—four to five should be the maximum. Focus keywords on the topic of your resource. We recommend not to use writing project names, author names, or section titles.
A few suggestions for focusing your keywords:
- What is the main topic of your resource?
- What is an important secondary topic of interest?
- What kind of compositions are important to this topic?
- Who is your audience for this resource, and what keyword would support them in finding the resource?
A set of keywords already exists within the Digital Is website. We strongly encourage you to use pre-existing keywords when appropriate so that your resource shows up in the common search lists. You can see these keywords via the keyword cloud on the community page.
You can also call up existing keywords when you are creating a resource. As you start to type keywords in your resource, previously created keywords will appear. Give the system a few seconds to call up keywords, and choose relevant ones. To make your resource easy to find, we encourage you to build off of the keywords that others have already created in this way when possible.