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Information and tips on creating new LibGuides, from beginning to end
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2013 URL: http://libguides.butler.edu/getting_started Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Basic Steps

  1. Create New Guide
  2. Pick 2- or 3-column
  3. Add content
  4. Repeat for additional tabs as desired
  5. Publish Guide


There are a couple times in LibGuides when you have to WAIT just a moment. One is when you're bringing up an Edit Window for a Content Box. At first it looks like it's ready to be used, but then a few seconds later the window changes and has a toolbar full of buttons across the top. THAT'S when you can start typing or pasting in the Edit Window.

Also, when you change to a different tab/page, you have to wait until everything on the page is loaded before you click to Edit or Add something. That's because web browsers load page content before scripts, so when you click to add/edit something before everything has loaded into your browser, the browser will try to run the proper script, but will get confused because it hasn't loaded the script yet. The result will be a grayed screen (like normal) but with no Edit box popping up. If this happens, just refresh the page (Refresh/Reload button in your browser or hit the F5 key on your keyboard). That will take care of it and allow you to try again.

Getting Started

The first step in creating a new Guide is actually conception. You need to decide what information you want to provide and how you want to organize it. Will it be just one page? Will you need multiple tabs?

From the Admin Dashboard, you can click on Create New Guide to get started. You may want to watch this brief video first.

When you first Create the New Guide, you can either start fresh or choose an existing Guide to use as a template. That will copy the style and data from that Guide into your new one, which you can then customize. You can change the name for your Guide, for each page/tab, and for each box whenever you like.

Content is added in boxes. You can add a box in the main section or in the left Side Column. To switch between 2- and 3-columns, Click on "Add/Edit Pages" and choose "Resize Columns." You can choose a default configuration or use the slider bar. In general, it is a good idea to keep your pages relatively consistent (don't use random widths on each tab).

Add content by clicking "Add new Box." Select the type of content you want to put in the box and give it a title. Use the "Box Types Explorer" to get explanations of how/why you might use that Box Type. Once you click "Create Box," you can "edit text" to put your content in. If you're adding a video clip or web links or other multimedia, make sure you click the"Add Media/Widget Code" or "Add New Link" links to actually add that kind of content. The "add text" link will just add text at the top of the box, which is useful for descriptions if you need them.


Content Box Types

More Info on Types of Content Boxes

Content Boxes can contain the following types of information:

  • Rich Text/Dynamic Content
  • Images
  • Scripts
  • Web Links (with or without descriptions and voting)
  • RSS Feeds
  • Podcast Feeds
  • Embedded Videos
  • Del.icio.us Tag Clouds
  • Documents and Files
  • Dates and Events
  • Interactive Polls & Surveys
  • User Link Submissions
  • Google Search Boxes
  • Feedback Boxes
  • LibAnswers Boxes
  • Links to Other LibGuides
  • Books from the Library Catalog
  • Other types are added occasionally


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