Single sources of truth

Single sources of truth provide content from the most accurate source, avoiding duplication of content, outdated or inaccurate information.

Purpose and audience

Certain UNH websites and UNH-maintained external content have been designated as the single source of truth for university-wide information. When something is a single source of truth, its information cannot be copied onto any other web page. Websites must embed information from those sources or link to them.

Related Information

Embedding UNH Content

Information from these UNH sites can be embedded on any UNH website, filtered to display only relevant information:

  • Academic calendar: Master calendar
  • Events: Master calendar
  • Program descriptions, course inventories and graduation requirements:
  • Faculty and Staff Information: Banner and myElements
    • College and School sites: Faculty profile pages pull in faculty information from Banner and myElements, and staff profile pages pull in staff information from Banner. Faculty and staff that are not in Banner should not be added to the website. Faculty are added to Banner during semesters when they teach and will be pulled in automatically at that time.
    • Other sites: Whenever possible, link to the faculty member's profile page rather than duplicating information. In the case where the faculty member needs a listing, include only information pertinent to the site and then link to the profile page for the full bio and CV.
  • News stories: UNH Today
  • Graduate school application requirements and deadlines: Graduate School

For help embedding information from these sources on your site, please contact Web and Mobile Development (WMD).

Linking to UNH Content

While not all website content is available for embedding, each school/college/ department/service/organization website is generally considered the single source of truth for that information.

For the topics listed below, please follow these guidelines:

  • Individual sites should link to these sites rather than listing information on their own sites
  • Internal information specific to a department or college can have web pages within the college site
  • Otherwise, college sites can have one page on the below topics with links to these external sites

For more information on building good links, please review the Links standard.


Handshake is the UNH career management system for student internships on campus or in the local community. Handshake should be the single source of truth for all external internships offered to UNH students. All external opportunities should only be posted on Handshake to avoid duplication and ensure accuracy and timeliness.

External Fellowships and Scholarships

The UNH Fellowships Office is the single source of truth for all external scholarships and fellowships. To request that a fellowship be added, please contact the Fellowships Office.

Internal School-wide Scholarships

UNH Scholarships is the single source for school-wide internal scholarships.

Other Sites

Always look to see if information is already provided somewhere else on the website by the “owner” of that information and link to it rather than copying it, if it makes sense.

Embedding External Content  

External content can be embedded in a UNH website only if the creator of the material is UNH or from an organization with a recognized relationship, such as:

  • UNH videos stored in MediaSpace or YouTube
  • UNH Twitter feeds
  • UNH Facebook channels
  • UNH Tableau data
  • UNH SalesForce forms
  • Affiliated research organizations

Google maps may also be embedded on a website.

To request that other tools, services or information be embedded on a webpage, please contact WMD. The tool may need to have a security review.

Use the embed code provided by the external tools. I-frames are discouraged because they are not natively responsive and so are difficult to read on mobile devices.


For questions regarding single sources of truth and embedded content, please contact WMD.


Anyone working on a Drupal website is welcome to attend the open walk-in training and help sessions that Academic Technology offers. For a schedule of the training sessions and walk-in times, see the Academic Technology (AT) training calendar.

Responsibility for Content websites are maintained by members of the University community acting as official representatives of the University of New Hampshire. Editors are responsible for linking to content and creating embedded content as described in this standard. In addition, editors should review links on their websites at least twice a year to ensure that all links and embedded content are still active and available. Finally, editors are responsible for complying with all relevant laws and university policies.


Although UNH AT does not monitor or regularly review site content, it reserves the right to remove at any time any content that it considers to violate this standard or any other UNH policies.

If inappropriate or inaccurate content is submitted, UNH AT will contact the site owner to discuss the issue. If the site or content owner cannot be contacted or is no longer at UNH, that content will be administered by WMD and can be removed if deemed inaccurate or inappropriate. When content is obviously unacceptable, UNH WMD will immediately remove the content prior to contacting the site owner. Unacceptable entries also may cause access to be suspended.

Reports regarding inappropriate content may be sent to UNH WMD.