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LibGuide Toolbox

What is a LibGuide?


guide is a webpage that you can use to add and share content. Each guide can be organized into pages, each page containing boxes of content items (such as text, links, images, databases, etc.). Patrons can find your published guides listed on your LibGuides homepage, but they can also search your LibGuides site for relevant guides.

If you subscribe to LibGuides CMS, guides can also be organized into groups. Each group has its own homepage and friendly URL, allowing users to visit that group's guides directly. In addition, each group can also have its own look & feel, which will be applied to the guides in that group.

The following diagram provides an overview of how content is organized in LibGuides. Read on to learn more about creating guides and adding content.


What Makes Up My LibGuide?


From the bird's eye view, it can be helpful to think of each guide as a collection of pages, each page containing boxes, which contain different content. So the three elements that make up the LibGuide are listed here in their nesting order starting with the largest: 

  • Pages: In your guide, you can have both top-level pages and sub-pages beneath them. Depending upon your system's Look & Feel settings (which are configured by Admin users), you can organize these pages in either a tabbed navigation menu (with a row of tabs at the top of the page) or side navigation menu (with a vertical list of tabs on the left side of the page). In both cases, top-level pages will display as tabs, with their sub-pages listed in dropdown menus when you hover over them.
  • Boxes: standard box displays content items (i.e. text, images, links, etc.) directly on your page. In addition to creating a new box from scratch, you can reuse (i.e. map) or copy a box from another page or guide.
  • Content or Items: Within each standard and tabbed box, you can add one or more content items (aka assets). These are the actual content that your patrons will read and interact with, including text, images, links, etc. There are several types of content items that are also stored in your LibGuides Assets library, allowing you and your colleagues to reuse them in other guides without having to recreate them. Content items in your Assets library can be reused even if their original guide, page, or box is deleted. Detailed instruction for types of content and directions on implementation can be found under the tab Adding Content.