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Introduction to LibGuides: Adding and Changing Content

A brief introduction to the LibGuides system.

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Content, Boxes, and Layout

Now we get to the substance of LibGuides: the content you add to a guide.

LibGuides is designed to make content creation the key element - it handles layout, sizing, and display of the information for you, so you don't have to worry about how wide a column will be or whether things will line up properly.

LibGuides does this by presenting a "framework" into which you put your content items.

The Page

A Guide is designed as a multi-column page, which is the framework for the guide. You can adjust the column widths (even eliminating columns altogether).


When editing a guide, you'll see links in each available column that say Add New Box. LibGuides uses the term Box to refer to one of many kinds of containers that you can edit - there are dozens of box types, from regular text boxes (like this one) to boxes that let you connect to podcasts or link you to RSS feeds.

In other words, Boxes are what you use to put content into a guide.

Adding a New Box

1. Clicking the Add New Box link.

2. When you click the link, you'll be asked what kind of box you'd like. You have several options here.

  • Create a new box: you'll get a blank box of the type you select in the list.
  • Link to another box in the system: if you know of another guide that has a box you'd like to put on your guide too, you can Link to it. If the box on the source guide is changed, any other guide that links to it will show the new changes. You cannot edit a linked box unless you're editing it in the original guide.
  • Copy another box from the system: this is like linking, except once you copy it, it's no longer connected to the original location - you can edit it independently of the original source.

3. After you've selected your options, give the box a title - this is required - and select a position for it (position for new boxes always defaults to the bottom of the column, but you can change that).

4. Finally, click Create Box.