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Getting Started with LibGuides: Add/Edit Boxes

Adding Content Boxes

Adding content boxes to a page:

  • Click on Add new Box or Add new Side Box.
  • Enter a title for the box. (Use title case in page names.)
  • Select a location for the box from the Position drop-down menu
  • Select a box type from the box type menu.
  • Click Create Box.

Two Columns or Three?

The default format for a LibGuides page consists of a narrow column on the left, a wide column in the center, and a narrow column with the librarian's profile box on the right.

The format can be changed to eliminate the left column. (The center column will then be extended all the way to the left.) To make this change:

  • Click on Add/Edit Pages on the yellow command bar.
  • Select Adjust Columns on This Page
  • Change the column widths at the bottom from Left - 230; Center - 520; Right - 209 (the default) to Left - 0; Center - 758; Right - 209.
  • Click on Adjust Widths

NOTE: With the 2009 update, there are other options available for number of columns and columns widths.  For now, stick to the these two standard options as we develop guidelines for taking advantage of the increased flexibility.

Keep Box Titles Short

The title bar at the top of a box will not expand, so it is important not to make your box titles too long.  This is rarely a problem in the wider center column, but must be watched for in the narrower left column.

If it looks like your title is not fitting, click on the Preview link at the top right of the page.  Sometimes, the pencil icon in edit mode keeps the title from fitting, but it may be okay when actually published.  The preview will show you how it will ultimately appear.  (Of course if it still doesn't fit, you'll need to shorten it.)

Types of Content Boxes

There are several types of content boxes to choose from. Some of the most commonly used types are summarized below. Click on a name to go to a sub-tab with more detailed information about that box type.

Rich Text/Dynamic Content/ Scripts: Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts is the most versatile box type, for any type of formatted text (including html), links, or dynamic javascript code.
Links and Lists: The Links and Lists box type enables you to mix web links with non-web link items. Each item can have a short description which appears underneath the item, and an optional More Info button which the user can click on to get more information.
Simple Web Links: Simple Web Links boxes can include a short description which appears when the cursor hovers over the link.
RSS Feed:
The RSS Feed box type enables you to dynamically display the contents of an RSS feed on your page.
Embedded Video: A video box enables you to embed a streaming video inside your page. The video can reside on any video sharing sites (YouTube and the like...). You neeed to enter the full embed code to embed it inside the content box.
Other Content Boxes: Follow this link for info on other kinds of boxes.

Reusing & Reordering Boxes

Reusing content boxes:

When adding a new content box, instead of creating a new box you can reuse existing boxes in two differnt ways.

  • Link to another box in the system: This option duplicates the selected content box, and will change automatically whenever the original is changed.
  • Copy another box from the system: This option duplicates the selected content box, but is not linked to the original. It can be edited on its own.
    • Any box in the WCC LibGuides system can be linked to or copied.

Reordering content boxes:

  • You can reorder boxes on a page by moving them up or down in a column. You can also move boxes between columns. You can even move boxes from one page to any other page within the same guide.
  • To reorder boxes:
    • Click on Add/Edit Pages on the yellow command bar.
    • Select Reorder Boxes on This Page.
    • Drag and drop the boxes you want to move to the desired locations.
    • Click on Update Box Order

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