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Guide is one of the five primary resource categories for the wiki.

Guide scope

Guide can mean many things. In our case, we look at guides as a sort of reference work. To understand what pages might be considered guides, look to these sources in particular:

  1. Compendium - "... a concise collection of information pertaining to a body of knowledge. A compendium may summarize a larger work."
  2. Study guide - "Study guides can be broad based to facilitate learning in a number of areas, or be resources that foster comprehension... Some will summarize ... the important elements of the subject."
  3. Guide to information sources - "... (or a bibliographic guide, a literature guide, a guide to reference materials, a subject gateway, etc.) is a kind of metabibliography. Ideally it is not just a listing of bibliographies, reference works and other information sources, but more like a textbook introducing users to the information sources in a given field (in general)."

Comparison to other resource page types

  • If information is more encyclopedic (with a similar scope and tone to pages on Wikipedia), a page would be considered a pedia.
  • If information is less encyclopedic and more similar to a compendium, study guide, or a bibliographic guide, a page would be considered a guide.
  • If information is more about direct instruction to achieve a specific task, a page would be considered a tutorial.
  • If a page is more just a set of tips and tricks (less instructive than a tutorial), it would be a cookbook.
  • If a page is a detailed reference (like a man page or full software manual), it would fit under references.